Southwark News reporter Alex Jones has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Gary Rowett wants to keep Charlie Cresswell at Millwall for the rest of the season at least, but insisted that he is certain that Jesse Marsch has big plans for the centre-back at Leeds United.

Cresswell is reaching the midway point in his first loan spell. Obviously, Leeds fans hoped that he would emulate Ben White by stealing the show on loan in the Championship.

Marsch has big plans for Cresswell
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The 20-year-old had been an outstanding performer for the under-23s at Thorp Arch. And he did not look at all out of place whenever he got a chance for the Leeds first-team.

Marsch has big plans for Cresswell

An opening day brace hinted that his time at Millwall would prove a game-changing spell for Cresswell. Unfortunately, not everything has gone to plan since.

Marsch has big plans for Cresswell
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The centre-back has not always been able to keep his place in the side. And when he has played, he has made a handful of mistakes.

That may have left some wondering whether Leeds would recall Cresswell in January. But Jones has claimed that the Lions would like to hold onto him for as long as possible.

“The 20-year-old is clearly incredibly talented and has a lot of key characteristics which every top-level defender needs. He’s a real warrior, as shown by his incredible performance in the Lions’ 0-0 draw with Hull City where he soldiered on despite taking a boot to the face in the first half.”

“[His decision making will] improve with game time and experience, which he’ll hopefully get at The Den this season despite rumours of being recalled by Leeds United after falling out of the team in October,” Jones told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Gary Rowett is keen to keep him for this season at least, but he’s clearly rated highly in West Yorkshire and I’m certain that Jesse Marsch has big plans for him in the long run.”

Defender set for real opportunity upon Elland Road return

It is promising that Cresswell is still being backed for a bright future. Ultimately, Leeds fans will feel that it is better that he is making mistakes while out on loan rather than in the Premier League – particularly with the Whites’ position once again looking precarious.

There could be a big opportunity for Cresswell ahead of next season. Robin Koch and Liam Cooper have not exactly stood out so far this season. Meanwhile, it has been a largely miserable campaign for Diego Llorente.

Pascal Struijk needs to move back into the middle at some stage. But the obstacles standing between Cresswell and a Leeds first-team chance are not the largest right now.

Hopefully he kicks on in the second-half of the season with Millwall – setting the stage for the youngster to push for a big role in Marsch’s plans next year.

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