Whelan advises Cresswell on EFL transfer amid new report
Noel Whelan insists Charlie Cresswell should be on loan next season instead of playing for Leeds United’s Under-23s.
The former white hitman, speaking exclusively to Football insider, says Cresswell can improve quickly if he joins an EFL team next season.
Leeds Live say no decision has been made on Cresswell’s immediate future although he is drawing “admiring glances” from some clubs.
Cresswell, 18, has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Season 2 award.
The Leeds Under-23 reached the title as Cresswell barely missed a minute of action.
After such an impressive season, it may be time for the center-back to take the next step in his development.
Whelan wants to see Cresswell on loan next season as he claims playing on development teams can only take a player so far.
“We already have four great players there,” Whelan said Football insider associate editor Russell Edge.
“We have [Pascal] Struijk, [Liam] Cooper, [Robin] Koch and [Diego] Llorente. Four great personalities. I think a year of playing football somewhere would benefit him.
“Rather than playing with 23s. Once you get to a certain level, 23-a-side football is not enough.
“Then you need this step. I think that as a player you have to learn your trade by playing football at a decent level.
“I know the 23 have been promoted this season and will play better teams next year. But when you go out there and start to experience EFL football, you can’t get enough of it.
“This real experience. The preparation for the games, the information, the mistakes you make and you learn.
“It allows you to become a better player very quickly.”
In other news, Leeds United have signaled to launch a new offer following the reversal of the EFL swap offer.