By George Overhill

29th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell in talks over Millwall loan as Sunderland join chase

Sunderland have joined the race to sign Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell on loan according to TEAMtalk’s James Marshment.

The 19-year-old has held talks with Millwall over a season-long move to the Championship as he looks to gain regular senior experience.

But the second-tier new boys from the Stadium of Light are also making a play to take the under-23’s captain to the North-east.

In his write-up on TEAMtalk, Marshment talks up the potential Black Cats link up as potentially “an excellent move for all parties”.

The teenager made six first-team appearances in the 2021/22 season as the squad was gripped by an injury crisis but needs a run of games at senior level in order to further his development.

A move to the New Den appeared to be on the cards but competition may dictate he ends up playing elsewhere in the upcoming season.

In demand

Considering the stature of the youngster and his ability to play in midfield and defence it is little surprise that there are competing parties looking to take him on.

His leadership qualities in the age-group side also makes him an attractive proposition, and from a Whites point of view a season on loan at this stage is likely to be key.

If he handles himself well in the second-tier on a regular basis then he is sure to be in line for greater senior involvement in a year’s time.

Options for where to place him can only be a positive for the club, and indeed the player, and they will have to balance the prospect of game time against stability in terms of what will benefit him more.

The Lions finished in the top half of the Championship and would offer more of a known quantity, but Sunderland could potentially give him more minutes after they were promoted from League One.

How they will adapt to the division after four years away is difficult to gauge, and while the potential to be stuck in a relegation battle is not the best learning experience for some youngsters Cresswell seems to be of a disposition where he might rise to the challenge.

Considering the travails under Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch in the recently-completed season it may even be helpful in the long run.

In other Leeds United news, a major transfer saga is not over as a much-talked about offer hasn’t yet arrived.