Derby County academy striker Cameron Cresswell took to Twitter to show off scoring a bicycle kick on his first day of training with the senior team.

The Rams head into the weekend clash with Stoke City light upfront.

Colin Kazim-Richards picked up a knock in the 2-2 draw with Brentford last time out, while Lee Gregory is ineligible to face the Potters due to the loan agreement.

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It leaves Derby with just Martyn Waghorn as the senior recognised striker.

Jack Stretton is out on loan with Stockport County, leaving Tyree Wilson as a backup potential option while creating a space for Cresswell to be given an opportunity.

The striker took to social media to celebrate his first senior training session.

Cresswell is in his third season with the U23s having previously played at U18 level.

 

The 21-year-old’s most prolific campaign came in the 2018/19 campaign as he topped the scoring charts for the U23s with a tally of 16 goals and three assists in 32 games.

Over the past two weeks, he has rediscovered his top form, scoring in the U23’s 4-1 win over Liverpool and then grabbing the winner in the 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

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Cresswell is older than most his Derby teammates at U23 level, and you feel he is running out of time to make the step up and challenge for a place at senior level.

The Rams have seen several academy stars break through over the past 18 months, and the success of the U23s suggest there will be more to come next season.

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