By Craig Scott

20th Sep, 2022 | 4:10pm

Charlie Cresswell the future at Leeds United, plan in place for promotion - Phil Hay

Leeds United plan to promote Charlie Cresswell to their senior team once he finishes his loan spell at Millwall, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Cresswell, 20, joined Millwall on a season-long loan in the summer and has impressed at The Den.

Hay reports that the Whites see Cresswell, an England Under-21 international, as someone who’ll break into their first-team squad permanently once he’s back at Elland Road.

“Cresswell is different. Leeds see him as the future at centre-back, provided his development goes to plan, and decided over the summer that a year in the Championship would harden him nicely, if not complete his apprenticeship for the Premier League,” said Hay on The Athletic website.

One to watch

Leeds fans know all about the potential Cresswell has.

Millwall fans are seeing it now.

And the whole of England will eventually realise too.

Cresswell is a very talented young defender.

He’s only played seven first-team matches for Leeds but he impressed in practically all of them.

Since joining Millwall, his prowess at the other end of the pitch has been the main talking point with the youngster scoring a brace on his debut in the Championship while he bagged a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Cardiff this month – despite playing just 42 minutes.

Cresswell didn’t join Millwall to score and create goals. It’s great to see him doing it but his work in the backline is what Leeds are going to be most concerned about this season.

He’s doing well there though too. He’s WhoScored’s highest rated Millwall player this season, averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 1.6 clearances per league game.

Cresswell will no doubt be a first-team player at Leeds in the near future.

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