After the farcical scenes which emerged during Brazil’s clash with Argentina last weekend, Leeds United were one of a number of Premier League clubs who were worrying about the ensuing fallout.
For all the world it looked like Marcelo Bielsa would be without star man Raphinha for the clash against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon after the Brazilian FA’s attempts to block the winger, and several others, from playing for their clubs.
While losing the former Rennes man would have been a bitter blow for the Whites, the latest update on the situation means Raphinha is likely to take to the field against the Reds.
But while Bielsa will no doubt start the 24-year-old, he could be tempted to unleash one of the club’s exciting youngsters in Crysencio Summerville, perhaps in the place of Jack Harrison.
Harrison has yet to score or assist in the Premier League this season despite playing the full 90 minutes in each game, while Summerville could bring the surprising X-factor that could keep Liverpool guessing.
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 following his move last summer.
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.”
With new signing Dan James still needing to get up to speed with Bielsa’s methods and Harrison not firing yet in the top-flight, Summerville has the perfect chance to stamp his mark if Bielsa starts him today.
He could well take Liverpool by surprise and give Bielsa another exciting prospect to work with in the first-team.