Derby County striker Cameron Cresswell could be set to leave the club after replies on his latest Instagram post suggests he may have played his final game for the U23s.

Cresswell came through the academy at Derby and made his first-team debut this year.

The 21-year-old featured in the FA Cup defeat at Chorley in January, before coming off the bench for his Championship debut in the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.

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The young striker has predominantly featured for the U23s, becoming a regular after the likes of Morgan Whittaker and Jack Stretton broke into the senior squad.

Cresswell finished as the U23s top scorer with 11 goals, helping the side finish with a 3-1 win at Manchester United to consolidate sixth spot in the Premier League 2 table.

But replies on his latest Instagram post suggest that could be his final game for the Rams, with Kornell McDonald bidding him farewell while adding it has been a pleasure.

Cresswell turns 22 in September. It’s quite possible Derby feel he has been overtaken by some of his younger teammates, while some U18s will now step up to U23 level.

 

Stretton, 19, seems to be further ahead having already enjoyed a loan spell at Stockport County, while Bobby Duncan is another looking to break through at Pride Park.

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Cresswell can look at Offrande Zanzala as an example of a player who left Derby’s academy and later succeeded at Accrington Stanley and now Carlisle United.

Derby have an excellent academy, and they have made it their goal to see young talents become seniors with the Rams or find a foothold elsewhere within the football pyramid.

Also see: ‘Been a pleasure’: Loan star sends Derby final message ahead of Ibrox title ceremony

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