Millwall manager Gary Rowett has commented on the future of Leeds United centre-back Charlie Cresswell, hoping Leeds stay up so another loan could be in the conversation.
Leeds have a crucial match upcoming this weekend, with their Premier League status hanging in the balance as they sit two adrift with one to play.
Survival is looking unlikely for the Whites as they need a win and other results to go their way in order to climb out of the bottom three, but it’s not totally impossible.
Will Cresswell play for Leeds next season?
Charlie Cresswell’s future is one that probably hinges on the status of the club after Sunday’s clash, but the opposite to plenty of others at the club – given that he’s more likely to be a guaranteed starter if Leeds are in the EFL next season.
If Leeds do stay up, there is still scope for Cresswell to be part of the squad on a more regular basis, having impressed so much with Millwall in 2022/23 under Gary Rowett.
Gary Rowett speaks out
One person hoping Leeds are able to retain their Premier League standing is Lions boss Gary Rowett, with that development opening the door to a potential loan opportunity again for Cresswell at the New Den.
A stellar season for the young centre-back saw him become a favourite under Rowett, before an eye socket injury ended his season early.
When speaking to South London Press, Rowett spoke about the situation Cresswell finds himself in after
“He is going to be a top centre-half and a top player – certainly in the second half of the season we saw that oozing out. He was absolutely fantastic before his injury. He was a really big loss to us.
“It’s not fair for me to comment on other club’s position on their players but I would imagine if Leeds are in the Championship next season then he would have that experience and a chance of staking a claim for them.
“If Leeds are in the Premier League then I suppose they would have a conversation of which way they want to go – Charlie may be part of that or he may not. He has developed well and shown what he is about. Another strong season next year and he is not far away from being a Premier League player.”
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No matter which division we’re going to be playing in next season, Cresswell has to play a part at Elland Road.
We cannot have situations like what happened with Cody Drameh, where he clearly feels like he’s not valued at Leeds.
Cresswell’s talent means he’s going to be an important player for years to come at Leeds, and he’ll want that more than anyone.
We need to have him starting games in the Championship if we go down, even at 20 he’s a true bully of a defender.