January 6, 2024

Daniel Farke is keen to keep his Leeds United team intact this month.


Farke is rumoured to have told his players that they will be required to remain at Elland Road for the remainder of the season, regardless of their circumstances, given that Leeds is strongly pursuing automatic promotion.


But after Leeds defeated Birmingham City 3-0 on New Year’s Day, Farke seemed to soften his position a little bit with regard to one player who is drawing a lot of attention.


It’s Charlie Cresswell, that man.After the match, Farke stated that while he wants him to stay, the club also needs to consider the player’s desires.


Furthermore, Phil Hay, an athletic journalist, said on the most recent episode of the Square Ball Podcast that Cresswell is not content with his present allocation of playing time at Elland Road.


Leeds ought to fire Cresswell.


“Cresswell’s situation is interesting,” he remarked. Naturally, there is a tonne of interest in him. For the past few weeks, he and Gelhardt have essentially been informed that they are required and will be staying.


“[After Birmingham], Farke was stating that Cresswell is a player they don’t want to lose, but he did add that you have to take the player’s wants into account as well.


“Cresswell is simply not getting any looks in, so he’s not happy with the lack of minutes.” wasn’t a substitute against Birmingham because Farke wanted Poveda to use more inventiveness.


“He will want to play, and you very quickly get to the mindset of, ‘Why do you want me to stay?’ if you’re not even included in the matchday squad.”



In the FA Cup match against Peterborough United tomorrow, Cresswell might make his first appearance since August with both Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper perhaps out.


At this point in his career, Cresswell has played just one minute of football in the last four months, which is just insufficient for him to reach his full potential.


For the sake of Cresswell’s career, Leeds should try to let him go, but they also need to have a backup plan in place.


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