By Saikat Mandal

28th Jun, 2022 | 9:30pm

Millwall 'particularly' keen on loan deal for Leeds United youngster Charlie Cresswell

Championship side Millwall are one of the two clubs who are “particularly” keen on signing Leeds United defender Charlie Cresswell on loan this summer, according to Graham Smyth.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist (28 June) reported that he could see the youngster earn a bit of popularity there.

London News Online reported on 28 June that Millwall are hopeful of “concluding a season-long loan deal” for the 19-year-old defender.

Smyth wrote on Twitter: “Millwall one of two Championship clubs particularly keen on Charlie Cresswell. Could see him earning a fair bit of popularity down there.”

Good move

There are two ways to look at it. 

He featured five times in the Premier League in the 2021/22 campaign, and it’s time for him to get more exposure, to play regularly. 

In fact, that is the only reason why the Whites want to send their “highly-rated” defender on loan. 

In the Championship, it can be expected that he would get 15-20 games minimum, if not more, which should help him grow as a player. 

Jesse Marsch would struggle to give him more game time next season, unless there’s a calamity at the back in the form of injuries, like last season. 

One could suggest that Marsch can use him in cup games, but the argument is how many games can the American boss offer him realistically?

With the likes of Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk ahead of him, going out on loan is the best move possible for the youngster.

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