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Leeds may already have their own Cody Gakpo

Leeds United’s hopes of signing a certain Cody Gakpo appear to have come and gone.

On the eve of transfer deadline day – September 1st – Victor Orta returned from Eindhoven in a bid to secure an important transfer. Indeed, the intention of that visit was to bring Gakpo back with him.

Having lost Raphinha to the jaws of Barcelona, the Spanish director needed a statement signing and the Netherlands international was viewed as the perfect fit.

Unfortunately for the Elland Road outfit, Gakpo did not return to Yorkshire alongside Orta. It looked as though a move may be on the cards, but the Dutch head coach, Louis van Gaal, convinced him to stay in the Eredivisie with the hope of being included in their squad for the World Cup that starts next month.

Well, it would certainly be a travesty if he wasn’t included now. The rampant and dazzling winger is the first player to ten goals and ten assists in Europe’s top seven divisions this term, with the 23-year-old registering a rather remarkable haul of 13 goals and ten assists so far this term.

That form has ultimately seen him destined for greater things than Leeds and the final nail was forced deeply into their coffin on Monday with reports revealing a move was now incredibly unlikely when the January window opens.

It’s a sad end to this transfer saga for the Yorkshire side and judging by their toothless nature since that win over Chelsea earlier in the season, they could do with a talent of the Dutchman’s ilk.

Fortunately for the Whites, they may well be able to nurture and unearth their very own Gakpo in their pocket rocket Crysencio Summerville.

The 20-year-old has only shown flashes of his immense quality during his time in England, with the talented prodigy being brought to Leeds during Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure back in September 2020.

He arrived with experience of first-team football with ADO Den Haag but two years on, his potential so far has not been fulfilled. Summerville has featured on just 14 occasions for the senior side and is yet to register a goal involvement.

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His form at youth level, however, has been nothing short of extraordinary with the bustling speed merchant registering 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 games for the U21s.

Those are scorching numbers and although at youth level, show why he could well be the club’s very own Gakpo.

They may well hail from the same part of the world but it’s their jaw-dropping skill level when in possession of the ball that makes them so alike.

Whenever he picks up the play, you expect something magical to happen but he really needs to turn that into tangible results.

That’s certainly the view of Phil Hay, who speaking recently said this: “The Premier League isn’t a division that’s particularly forgiving when it comes to using untried and untested players and to an extent, I think we’ve seen that with Summerville as well.

“I hear a lot of people say at Leeds that in the U21s, in training and everything else, Summerville is one of the most impressive players, hence why he’s moved up the order.”

Indeed, with Luis Sinisterra absent through suspension last weekend, the attacker featured for the final 28 minutes in the defeat to Crystal Palace but his quality was never really on show.

If Marsch can find a way to extract his talent, then he could be a mighty option for Leeds to call upon in the coming years.

Described as a “nightmare to mark” by Jamie Shackleton, Summerville has all the hallmarks of a fabulous player in the making with his impressive “box of tricks” – as dubbed by Tom Hill – making him a seriously talented prospect.

Much of whether the young Leeds man lives up to his potential will come down to the player himself, but if he can begin to register big numbers as he has done for the U21s, then Gakpo will soon become a forgotten man.

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