Charlie Cresswell could emulate Ben White as he nears loan exit
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Charlie Cresswell could emulate Ben White as he nears loan exit

With the pathway to first-team football somewhat blocked at Elland Road, it is no surprise that Charlie Cresswell looks set to leave Leeds United on loan this summer.

Cresswell was one of a number of youngsters knocking on the first-team door last season. And the centre-back looked a class act whenever he got a chance.

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The 19-year-old is too good for the under-23 level at this stage. However, there are simply too many options available to Jesse Marsch for Cresswell to hang around. And thus, a loan seems to make a lot of sense.

At the time of writing, the likes of Sunderland and Millwall have been linked. So it would certainly appear that the teenager is going to get his chance to play in the Championship next year.

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And that may leave Cresswell setting his sights on enjoying the kind of year which seemed to change everything for Ben White just a couple of seasons ago.

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Could Charlie Cresswell emulate Ben White out on loan?

White joined Leeds on loan from Brighton in 2019. At the time, it did not appear to be the most exciting move. The youngster had not played at a level higher than League One before the switch.

And it quickly became apparent that he was replacing Pontus Jansson. Thankfully, White proved to be up to the task and so much more.

In fact, the 24-year-old was one of the league’s best players. He was named in the team of the year having proved to be an absolute Rolls-Royce for the Whites.

Brighton presumably knew that White had talent by only sanctioning a loan. However, surely they could have only realised just how good he was after that spell under Marcelo Bielsa.

Within two years of returning to the Seagulls, White has gone on to make 68 Premier League appearances. He has gained four England caps. And he has been signed by Arsenal in a £50 million deal.

We would like to think that we are aware of just how good Cresswell could be. But certainly, the chance to prove himself week-in, week-out could be massive for the youngster.

Do not be surprised if Sunderland, or Millwall, or whichever set of fans get to watch him regularly, rave about Cresswell just as much as we did when White was helping us to the title.

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