Charlie Cresswell could leave Leeds United this summer, with the young centre-back telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would be interested in going out on loan.
It would disappoint plenty of fans if Cresswell left Elland Road. Leeds have plenty of defensive options. But the 19-year-old has looked extremely impressive whenever he has featured for the first-team.
If Jesse Marsch doesn’t let some defenders leave this summer, letting Cresswell go on loan could make a lot of sense.
But clearly, his destination is absolutely crucial. We have a special player on his hands. He could be a future captain if he continues to develop at his current rate.
So where should he be looking to go? Here are three potential options…
Huddersfield agonisingly missed out on promotion in the play-off final. Carlos Corberan faces a tough challenge to take the Terriers to similar heights next year. But signing Cresswell would certainly help.
Cresswell knows Corberan so well. And Huddersfield like to play out from the back. It is an obvious, and perhaps lazy, suggestion. But it may make a lot of sense for all parties.
Only five teams conceded more goals in the Championship this past season than Swansea. But Russell Martin is looking to build something and is a young manager determined to stick to his principles.
No side had more possession or boasted a better pass-success rate than the Swans. Cresswell will see a lot of the ball. But he would also be relied upon to be a real leader as Swansea look to move forward next year.
At long last, Sunderland are back in the Championship. Alex Neil got the Black Cats promoted through the League One play-off final.
A club of Sunderland’s size will fancy their chances of challenging for back-to-back promotions. And signing Cresswell would represent an improvement on the options they have.
Sunderland is an absolutely massive club with huge expectations. Playing on the Stadium of Light stage would only help as he looks to take that next step in his Leeds career.