Leeds United U23 captain Charlie Cresswell has declared that he is now focused on getting into the first-team squad for the last few games of the season.

Cresswell and the Under-23s played their last game of a brilliant season on Monday, smashing Burnley 5-2.

They were handed the PL2 Division 2 trophy after the game following a season when they blew away most of the opposition.

BBC journalist Adam Pope asked him after the game how excited he was to be moving up a division to play big teams like Man City and Liverpool.

“Well, the boys here are a really good group of lads,” said Cresswell, “and I know we’ve finished our season but the first team still have a few games left and we will be pushing to get in the squad as that’s what we want to do, to improve and get better.

“As for Liverpool and Man United, they’re just other teams we can go and play and get the results we need.”

Asked how he would be celebrating Cresswell said, “We’ll probably be in tomorrow, straight back to training… Trying to push through to the matchday squad.”

Next big thing?

There’s been a lot of talk about the attacking talent in the Under-23s this season – Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Crysencio Summerville in particular.

However, Cresswell has already made his senior debut – 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup against Hull.

He’s also made the first-team bench seven times this season but obviously wants to make more of an impact there.

He’s one of the players Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes will make the breakthrough.

Talking on the Phil Hay Podcast he said that while Gelhardt is “the one I’d put money on… If I was betting your mortgage I’d be talking about [Cody] Drameh and Charlie Cresswell.”

There’s a huge amount of talent in the Under-23s and things are only going to get better next season when they move up to the top division and take on teams like Man City and Liverpool.

Cresswell is hoping that he’ll have even bigger things on his plate.

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