After sealing a deadline day move for Manchester United’s Dan James, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will already be waiting to see what his new signing will be like when he first steps out onto the pitch in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old arrived at Elland Road after a couple of years of the Whites tracking him, and the speedy Welshman is sure to get his fair share of the action once the international break is over.
However, while the former Red Devils ace is the big-money signing and the so-called ‘shiny new toy’, Bielsa may want to look closer to home for a winger who perhaps is that little bit more exciting – Crysencio Summerville.
Hailed as a “bag of tricks” by Chris Powell – his former coach when he was a teenager at Dutch side ADO Den Haag – the 19-year-old has been a revelation for Leeds’ under-23s since he joined them. In fact, he scored a hat-trick against Burnley on just his second start last season, while in total he bagged an impressive six goals and provided a further six assists in just 12 Premier League 2 games.
Against Guiseley during pre-season earlier this summer, it was Summerville who put in the kind of performance which will have given Bielsa some food for thought.
After watching his goalscoring display, Leeds Live’s Joe Donnohue said on Twitter: “Cody Drameh and Crysencio Summerville were great together down the right flank for Leeds’ U23s last season. Seems like more of the same this year. Drameh an excellent carrier, weightless going forward. Summerville a wriggler, impossible to handle.”
Summerville himself said: “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.”
The 5 foot 9 flier appears to be more of an exciting wide man than the more traditional James, who looks to beat his man for pace and get to the by-line like an old-school winger.
Like Raphinha, Summerville can beat players with a bit of trickery and has the technical ability to play on either flank, which gives Bielsa an interesting option off the bench.
As per Sofascore, in the 2019/20 campaign when he was playing regular senior football with Den Haag, he averaged 1.5 dribbles per game in the Eredivisie at an impressive success rate of 63% (far better than James, who averaged less than half the dribbles and at a far worse success rate last season in the Premier League.
While James as the new signing might be the one who Leeds fans are excited to see in action sometime soon, Summerville may be the real talent to catch the eye if Bielsa gives him a chance to do so.
Meanwhile, Bielsa must give a chance to this Leeds ace…