Leeds fight to keep Cresswell
04 Jan 2022 09:06 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 4th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds fight to keep Cresswell
U23 Captain Charlie Cresswell is a target for both Liverpool and Manchester Utd according to reports in the Sun and Daily Mail. Cresswell, 19 arrived at Elland Road in 2013, and won a scholarship in 2018, before signing his first professional contract less than a year later. His father, Richard, who played for the Whites between 2005-07, was part of the youth set-up at Thorp Arch during this time Summer (June 18 - Aug 19).
Cresswell's first team opportunities have been hampered by Marcelo Bielsa's stubbornness to play square pegs in round holes (Ayling at centre back), restricting the England U21 centre back to just 94 minutes of game time this season. He currently has a shoulder injury which will keep him sidelined for the next six weeks. Cresswell has 18 months left on his contract! In a recent interview with LUTV, Cresswell was quoted as saying:-
I'm confident, I'm a leader, I like to play and I like to head it! My targets for the next few years are obviously to try and get in the first team eventually. But in this moment I have got to go in day to day and just push every day to the best of my ability and hopefully that takes me somewhere.
Does Rodrigo have a future at Elland Road?
Leeds stunned the footballing community on the 29th August 2020 when Rodrigo Moreno was unveiled at Elland Road. Not only was he a record signing for the Whites, but he wore the famous No 9 shirt of Spain. Eighteen months on, the 30 year old has 38 appearances to his name, and has netted nine times. Whilst it's fair to say he has had his moments, injury problems and lack of direction on where he should be playing have hampered his chances for progression.
Leeds need to make some brutal decisions in the next six months, none more so than whether to cash in on Rodrigo, and bring in an upgrade or stick with him? If an offer came in of 13m (around half what Leeds paid for him), would you accept it?
Greenwood in demand
Leeds forward Sam Greenwood is a wanted man according to various media reports in the last couple of days. The 19yo hitman has been linked to a host of Championship clubs, with Nottingham Forest and Swansea heading the list. Greenwood joined the Whites from Arsenal in the Summer of 2020 for 1.5m, and has played a regular part in Mark Jackson's U23's ever since.
Whilst he has not fulfilled the promise shown by Gelhardt, there's no denying his talents for a player so young. The lure of first team football will appeal to both club and player, in the hope he returns to Elland Road with the experience to move to the next level. Greenwood played under Forest boss Steve Cooper during his time managing the England U17's during which he netted 12 times in 14 appearances. Greenwood has 18 months left of his three-year contract at Elland Road. Crysencio Summerville may also be on the move this month.
The 20 year old winger is being tracked by Scottish Champions Rangers. Manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is a big fan of his fellow compatriot. Bielsa was recently quizzed whether any of his fledglings would fly the nest in the New Year, to which he replied...
It's a subject where it's a possibility. Players that are immediately below the group of the first-team [U23s], they only have one reason to stay at the club - that they have real possibilities to dispute a place in the team, that they have the desire to fight for their space and show that they deserve it. With those parameters, we will make the decision that's best for the players and for the club.