Amid all the jubilation of Leeds’ historic triumph over Manchester City last weekend, the one major concern for fans was seeing Raphinha limp off in the dying moments of the game.
The Brazilian was on the end of a crunching tackle by Fernandinho, and while Marcelo Bielsa appeared to downplay the severity of the injury in his post-match press conference, he will surely be a big doubt for the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Monday night.
And if Raphinha doesn’t make it in time for the clash at Elland Road, then the Leeds boss may well want to turn to one of the club’s brightest young talents: Crysencio Summerville.
Described as a “bag of tricks” by Chris Powell – his former coach when he was a teenager at ADO Den Haag – he scored a hat-trick against Burnley under-23s on just his second start for the Whites’ youth side earlier this campaign.
Since then, he’s bagged an impressive five goals and provided a further six assists in just nine Premier League 2 games.
Standing at just 5 foot 9 and with a slight frame, there may be doubts over whether the young Dutchman can handle the physical nature of the Premier League, but the winger himself has insisted that he is more than capable of dealing with that.
Summerville said earlier this year: “I often hear that there are doubts because of my physical condition, but when you are on the field, you are not concerned with that. There are often big defenders in front of me, I have to be smart about that. I know I’m agile and try to play with my mind.”
Raphinha has been such a revelation for Leeds that it would be virtually impossible for Bielsa and Leeds to replace him – after all, he’s managed an impressive six goals and six assists in his debut campaign in the Premier League.
But in Summerville, Bielsa could unleash someone who could bring a similar level of unpredictability and excitement much like the Brazilian. Helder Costa has been the man the Leeds boss has often turned to as his next wide option, but the Portuguese man has flattered to deceive all campaign, managing just two top-flight goals.
At least in Summerville Leeds would be giving an opportunity to a young talent waiting for his first real chance of first-team football, and could well surprise everyone.
All he needs is a chance, and with Raphinha a potential doubt, it’s perhaps the perfect time for Leeds to unleash their flying Dutchman.