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Leeds United: Bielsa must unleash Crysencio Summerville

Leeds United have struggled for form in their second season back in the Premier League, with Marcelo Bielsa’s team sitting 15th in the Premier League and just six points clear of the relegation zone.

With injury to last season’s top scorer Patrick Bamford proving a major issue, Bielsa needs to look for alternatives in attack to ensure that the Whites remain in the top flight.

Although Crysencio Summerville may not yet warrant a regular starting spot, the Argentine should look no further than the 20-year-old, who has featured in the first team on occasion whilst also shining for the under-23s.

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The Dutch winger joined Leeds from Dutch giants Feyenoord in September 2020, initially joining the under-23 setup in the hope that he would knock on the door of a first-team breakthrough.

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Prior to his move to Elland Road, the youngster spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, where Alan Pardew was the manager with current England coach Chris Powell part of his staff in the Netherlands.

Powell had plenty of praise for the Dutch starlet, saying: “One v one is his strength, against players. He’s quite a free spirit out on the wing, in a good way. He’ll excite you, he’s a bag of tricks, there’s some talent there, it’s just how it’s harnessed and what the coaches demand from him.

“He’s played for the Under-18s and Under-19s for Holland so he’s well thought of in Dutch football.”

With six goals and six assists in 12 league appearances for the under-23s, plus two EFL Trophy appearances against Barrow and Blackpool, Summerville had an excellent first season in Yorkshire, but he only made the bench once for the first team.

However, this campaign has seen the Dutchman make his first-team debut, coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United whilst also featuring against West Ham, Southampton, Wolves, along with starting against Arsenal and appearing in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Alongside the 20-year-old’s eight first-team appearances, the £1.8m-rated winger has missed just eight Premier League matchday squads this term, therefore leading to a dip in form for the under-23s with three goals in ten appearances.

Leeds have an array of exciting forwards available in Raphinha, Rodrigo, Daniel James and Jack Harrison, but consistency has been a major issue for the Whites this season.

It would be a tall order for Summerville to beat any of those four to a regular starting spot, but there is certainly a shout for the 20-year-old to be called upon more frequently by Bielsa.

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Tyler Roberts has often struggled for form since Leeds’ promotion, with the 23-year-old scoring just twice and registering three assists in 48 Premier League appearances for the Yorkshire outfit, an average of one goal involvement every 450.6 minutes.

The Welshman has featured in 21 of Leeds’ 23 league games this season, with 14 of those from the bench, so there is certainly an opportunity for the Dutchman to secure more game-time, even if he isn’t a regular starter.

It’s fair to say that Summerville is certainly in Bielsa’s plans, but how far away is the 20-year-old from starting more often as opposed to being a late substitute? Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before that shift materialises.

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