RICHARD Cresswell last night pleaded with teammate Matthew Lowton, who is believed to be attracting interest from two Championship clubs, to stay at Sheffield United.
Rumour is rife Blackpool and Ipswich plan on tabling bids for Chesterfield-born Lowton, who is a graduate of the Blades’ vaunted Shirecliffe youth system.
The Star understands United’s board of directors have not yet received an official approach regarding the 22-year-old’s services but the club are under pressure to balance the books following relegation to League One.
Lowton, who can operate anywhere across the back four or in midfield, established himself as an integral member of United’s first-team squad in the 2010/11 campaign, making 32 appearances in all competitions. He also chipped in with four goals.
United have fallen into the third tier of English football for the first time in over two decades, and Cresswell insists it is vital the club hang on to players such as Lowton to challenge in the upper echelons of the division.
The experienced forward told The Star: “Matt is a great talent and he came on leaps and bounds last year. He learned a lot by playing regularly in the side and he is lad that we have to keep hold of if we want to get out of this league. We need to keep hold of our good youngsters if we want to be up there at the end of the season.”
Cresswell added: “Matt was one of the highlights of last year. He grew in confidence the more matches he played. He is a good young player who is very level-headed and his time will come at the top level.”
Cresswell, 33, has also encouraged young striker Jordan Slew to commit his future to
the club. The talented teenager is stalling on a new contract. United have turned down an undisclosed bid, believed to be in the region of £500,000, from Fulham
“I think it would be good for Jordan’s development if he did a full season here,” Cresswell added. “He has the ability but you develop by playing games.”