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Charlie Cresswell at Millwall: How’s it going? Is he a guaranteed starter yet? How will Leeds United view the deal now?

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Leeds United centre-back Charlie Cresswell is currently enjoying a very fruitful spell on loan with Championship side Millwall this season.

With Jesse Marsch making key signings this summer and getting to grips with his first transfer window, there was chance for players to secure loan moves in order to get more game time under their belts.

Charlie Cresswell sealed his move out on loan as he joined Championship play-off hopefuls Millwall for the 2021/22 campaign.

After a promising season last time out under Gary Rowett, the Lions will be hoping to break into the top six this season.

Here, we look at how Cresswell’s time at the New Den is going so far…

How’s he playing?

Cresswell couldn’t have asked for a better debut at Millwall as his opening game at home to Stoke City saw him score a brace in a 2-0 win.

It’s not been totally smooth sailing for Cresswell as games such as an away trip to Sheffield United brought a big error, as his weak backpass allowed the Blades to score.

At his age, there were bound to be peaks and troughs in his performance, but he has seemingly reacted well to a rocky patch, coming back into the fold off the bench against Cardiff City at the start of the month to score and register an assist in that 2-0 win.

He’s played both games since then, with one win and one draw.

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Is he a guaranteed starter?

Given his dip in form and Rowett’s centre-back options, it wasn’t a shock to see Cresswell taken out of the firing line temporarily as others warranted selection over him.

However, from the 10 games in the Championship for the Lions, Cresswell has featured in eight and made another appearance from the bench.

It’s hard to call him a guaranteed starter after being dropped, but he’s well on his way to reclaiming his spot indefinitely.

How will Leeds view the deal?

Leeds will be seeing this deal as an absolute win right now, with how he is maturing under a very experienced manager.

Cresswell’s time at Millwall was always going to be a challenge and one to bring him out of his comfort zone, but that is exactly the sort of experience that will bring on his development a great deal.

The Athletic’s Phil Hay revealed that there is no buy option in the loan deal and Leeds see him as the future of the defence, and this learning curve he will be experiencing at Millwall is only going ot bring him closer to fulfilling that potential.

As loans go, this one look perfectly ideal right now.

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