Charlie Cresswell’s future could have an impact on Leeds United’s center-back recruitment.
Cresswell, who has allegedly grown “unhappy” at his lack of playing time at Elland Road this season, has been linked to a number of Championship clubs this month.
Richard, the 21-year-old’s father, openly expressed his displeasure with the lack of playing time this season, but Daniel Farke has stated he won’t be engaged until the player changes his attitude.
Given this, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him before the transfer window closes, which would present Leeds with the option of adding a new central defender or not.
Journalist Ben Jacobs went one step further in stating that Chris Mepham of Bournemouth is a guy Leeds “really like” after the player was highlighted as a possible target.
Leeds are enormous fans of Mepham of Bournemouth
“They really like Chris Mepham of Bournemouth,” he remarked. Connor Roberts of Burnley has also been discussed. Given that he hasn’t started since October, Vincent Kompany is glad to let him go.
After last weekend’s FA Cup victory against QPR, Mepham—who has struggled for playing time at Bournemouth this season—admited that he might be open to a move in quest of more playing time.
Even if Cresswell does depart, Leeds undoubtedly has other, more important interests in the market. First and foremost, we need a creative midfielder and full-back positions.
Anyone added is unlikely to play a significant role given Cresswell’s lack of playing time; under Farke, Pascal Struijk and Joe Rodon are very much the starting duo.
Farke also gives Liam Cooper a lot of thought, and Ethan Ampadu can stop by when necessary. Leeds might be fond of Mepham, but it doesn’t seem likely that he will be sought after.