Leeds United have opened new contract talks with 20-year-old winger Crysencio Summerville.
That’s according to a recent report by Football Insider, who claim that Victor Orta has now entered into negotiations with the Netherlands U21 international and his representatives over a new deal that will see the forward extend his stay beyond the summer of 2023 – when his current contract at Elland Road is set to expire.
The report goes on to state that talks between the player and the Whites are progressing well, with Jesse Marsch and his backroom staff at Thorp Arch believed to be extremely keen to agree on terms with the attacker – as they rate Summerville extremely highly.
Considering just how exciting a talent Summerville undoubtedly is, in addition to it previously looking as if the winger’s long-term future at Elland Road was in serious doubt after a falling out with Marcelo Bielsa back in January, the news that the 20-year-old now appears set to remain in LS11 for the foreseeable future is sure to have left supporters of the Whites buzzing.
Indeed, over his 18 appearances for Mark Jackson’s U23 side last season, the £1.8m-rated talent was in breathtaking form, scoring 11 goals and registering one assist – with these metrics helping the Dutchman claim the youth side’s Player of the Season award in 2021/22.
As a result of these exceptional returns, Marsch very quickly integrated the £6k-per-week forward into his first-team set-up, with the former Feyenoord starlet featuring in six of the 48-year-old’s matchday squads over the Premier League run-in, even playing seven minutes in the all-important 3-0 win over Watford back in April.
And, with the player who Beren Cross dubbed “unplayable” having been a regular fixture in the Whites’ team for their pre-season friendlies this summer, it would appear as if Summerville’s role in the first-team squad is only set to increase next season.
As such, considering the sheer amount of potential the forward possesses, the news that Orta is making move to retain the services of the 20-year-old beyond June of 2023 is undoubtedly fantastic news for everyone involved with Leeds – as the youngster’s signing of a new long-term deal could quite easily prove to be one of the Spaniard’s most important deals of the summer.