West Ham star success could tempt Premier League rivals on Leeds talents

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West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell has impressed since moving from the Championship. Could his success tempt clubs into moving for Leeds' best prospects?

Luke Shaw's injury misfortune is certainly bad news for the Manchester United left-back, but it does open the door for rivals to stake a claim for his England spot.

The player in line to benefit could be West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell. He has been tipped for a call-up over the past 12 months, but the opportunity may now come his way, with Hammers teammate James Tomkins telling Talksport that now is the time for Cresswell to get a chance for the Three Lions.

An international call-up would cap an impressive rise for the 25-year-old, who signed for West Ham from Ipswich Town a year ago.

It would only make more Premier League clubs more likely to look to the Championship for potential signings, which could in turn be bad news for Leeds United.

The Whites may be languishing in mid-table in the division, but they have four of the brightest young talents in the league.

Lewis Cook is a regular in central midfield at just 18-years-old, and is already an England youth international, while Alex Mowatt was the club's second highest scorer last season.

More likely to be bought is full-back Sam Byram, who has just the rest of the season to run on his contract before he becomes a free agent. Swansea City are the latest club to be linked this month by The Mirror, and he could be a typically shrewd acquisition for Garry Monk's side.

One more surprise link was a report in The Star which claimed Manchester United wanted to sign Charlie Taylor from Leeds, and had been scouting him even before Luke Shaw's injury.

Such stories may be pure speculation, yet it is hard to believe all four players are not on the radars of the extensive scouting networks of Premier League sides.

If Leeds miss out on the play-offs this year, then at some stage it is inevitable a Premier League side will try their luck and snapping one of the youngsters up, and Byram could even leave on a free.

The success enjoyed by Cresswell for West Ham, and potentially for England, just like Dele Alli at Tottenham Hotspur, will only offer encouragement that the youngsters will be able to make the leap to the Premier League comfortably.

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