Jesse Marsch has dropped a promising claim on the future of Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville.
In recent comments cited by Leeds Live, the American manager claimed that – despite being heavily linked with a move away from Elland Road in the January transfer window, as well as recent reports linking the 20-year-old with an exit this summer – the Netherlands U21 international is a big part of his first-team plans.
Regarding the forward’s future, the 48-year-old said: “I’ve got to find ways to include Summerville, Cree, more, so all three of [Summerville, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood] are going to be big players here and are important for us moving forward.”
Considering the hype surrounding Summerville’s future at the time of his £1.3m arrival at Elland Road back in 2020, the news that Marsch could finally be set to hand the winger an extended run in the first team is sure to have left Leeds supporters buzzing.
Indeed, when questioned about Summerville’s potential shortly after his switch to England, the youngster’s former coach at ADO Den Haag, Chris Powell, spoke incredibly highly of the forward, stating:
“You could see the raw talent he had. He’s only tiny, he’s like five foot nothing but he’s got wonderful balance. One vs 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 U18s and U19s for Holland so he’s well thought of in Dutch football. His talent isn’t in doubt. He will have to learn how Leeds want him to play, in the U23s, and take it on board. It’s an exciting signing.”
However, despite his undoubted talent, Marcelo Bielsa afforded the £1.8m-rated talent just 118 minutes of Premier League football during his time in charge of the Whites – something which makes it easy to understand why Summerville had hoped to move on to pastures new in January.
Although, after Marsch’s latest comments regarding the £8.4k-per-week player who Ben Parker dubbed a “frightening” talent, it would now very much appear as if there is a future for the Dutchman at Leeds – something that, should the 20-year-old go on to take his opportunity in the first team, could save the club millions of pounds in transfer fees this summer.