Leeds United‘s academy has produced several success stories in the modern era and another fine example is starting to bear fruit within Jesse Marsch’s first-team squad.
The 21-year-old, who hails from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, was signed for the club’s youth setup in a £1.3m deal from Eredivisie giants Feyenoord back in September 2020.
Under former Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa, the 5 foot 7 dynamo struggled for minutes, leading to his desire to leave the club on loan in January 2022.
It wasn’t until the American was hired that the Dutch gem had a genuine chance of breaking into the starting lineup, something he did for the first time in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester City last month.
Back-to-back 90-minute appearances for Summerville would suggest that he’s done enough to become a regular starter for Marsch and it’s easy to see why given his electric impact on the pitch.
“I am so happy for him. He is flying at the minute. I think he has scored three games in a row,” lauded his teammate and compatriot Pascal Struijk to LUTV. “Let’s hope he stays healthy and get him to do more of this.”
By comparison, it’s been ten games since fellow winger Jack Harrison has provided a direct goal contribution for Leeds.
At just 21 years of age, Summerville – who has also been dubbed “unplayable” and a “speed merchant” in the past – could represent a player that earns the Yorkshire outfit lucrative profit as if he keeps up this form, then other – and respectfully, bigger – teams will come calling, just as they did for Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.
The latter is the perfect model of what the Thorp Arch youth system can deliver – now an England regular, the defensive midfielder saw the Whites pocket an eye-watering £45m, which was their biggest-ever sale before FC Barcelona swooped for the Brazilian just weeks later.
‘Cree’ as he’s known by most around the club is certainly capable of following in these footsteps, considering he’s bagged a last-minute winner at Anfield in recent times.
That mix of pace, skill and pure composure at his age is certainly a blend of talent that’ll have many teams across Europe watching on eagerly ahead of a potential swoop.