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3 Leeds United players that could follow in 19-year-old’s footsteps this summer by sealing exit

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Leeds United look set to loan out centre-back Charlie Cresswell this summer with Championship clubs vying for his signature.

The Whites have a number of youngsters vying for places in the squad for next season, and while some will get that chance, others ought to seal loans.

Guaranteed playing time isn’t there for centre-back Charlie Cresswell, and that’s led to claims from the Yorkshire Evening Post that he is set to be loaned out this summer, while Millwall and Sunderland are interested.

He’s not the only youngster that ought to seal a loan move this summer, and here, we look at three others who could follow in Cresswell’s footsteps…

Stuart McKinstry

Up first is another name from the same YEP report in Scottish youth international Stuart McKinstry.

The winger made his Premier League debut last term during an injury-hit campaign where youth players were needed to make up the numbers on the bench.

It may have been a huge moment for the youngster but he’s yet to have his coming-of-age in the senior game, which would come from a season on loan.

Hartlepool United are linked with a move for McKinstry and his first chance of senior football is one that he ought to take to kick his development on.

Max Dean

Dean was the third name in that report who could be lined up for a move away, with Harrogate Town his most interested party.

The lively striker has been a joy to watch in youth football not only for his eye for goal, but also his attitude to the game.

He’s definitely itching for a chance to play in the senior game, with his rare opportunities to play against senior sides in the EFL Trophy seeing him bag a brace against Barrow in 2020/21.

Plenty of fans would love to see Dean have a crack at League Two football, and he would be backed to flourish too.

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Jamie Shackleton

Shackleton isn’t regarded as a youth player anymore, but he does fall into that awkward category of barely getting any playing time in the first team.

He did feature in last season’s PL2 campaign that ended in relegation, and while injuries have regularly hindered his progression, he’s never been a nailed-on starter.

Should a Championship side look to make an offer for Shackleton to take him for the season, we could see a very raw talent become a lot more refined, and play some of his best football.

He’s good enough to start for the majority of sides in the second tier, and it’s worth considering.

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