Leeds United are aiming to recall centre-back Charlie Cresswell from his loan at Millwall due to a surge of interest in him from other Championship sides, Phil Hay reports.
Cresswell’s loan spell at The Den started brightly, but he has struggled for minutes more recently.
As such, Leeds’ recall will be on the basis of finding another club who will grant more gametime to the promising young defender.
Cresswell has made 15 starts for Gary Rowett’s side so far this season, including in their FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United over the weekend, but has been unable to establish himself as a consistent member of Millwall’s starting XI.
The January recall clause written into Cresswell’s contract is believed to have elapsed, yet the Whites may still yet be able to negotiate his release.
There are reportedly both loan and permanent options on the table for the 20-year-old from clubs in England’s second tier.
Given that Leeds have often referred to Cresswell as a future first-choice centre-back in the past, however, it is likely the former option of a loan deal which the Yorkshire club will explore.
It is hard to argue that this isn’t a smart move by the Leeds board as Cresswell is clearly struggling for minutes down in London.
Consistent gametime, after all, is one of the most important factors in the development of a player. Much more is learnt on the pitch than on the training ground.
With a number of unknown Championship clubs interested in Cresswell, it makes sense to recall him from Millwall and send him somewhere where he will see much more matchday action.
Leeds must ensure that the deal is a loan and not permanent, however. Cresswell is too exciting a prospect to lose.