Crysencio Summerville has expressed his delight at his progress at Leeds United this season – but admits there is one aspect of life under Marcelo Bielsa that he finds difficult to sustain.
The Holland U19 winger moved to Leeds in summer 2020 from Feyenoord’s youth set-up. He spent his first year learning his trade in Mark Jackson’s Under-23s side at Leeds – but first-team recognition has arrived this season for the teenager.
Indeed, having sat on the bench in their first four Premier League games of the season, he made a first start in the Carabao Cup tie at Fulham.
He’s made three more Premier League appearances since then and also came off the bench in Tuesday’s cup exit at Arsenal.
This represents decent progress for the teenager, who has now opened up on his decision to join Leeds.
“My parents, me and my management don’t look at the short term,” Voetbal Primeur say, via Algemeen Dagblad.
“Leeds United and some other clubs were on the doorstep. We started talking, and my agents left the choice to me.
“And suddenly, I knew. I wanted to go to Leeds. There’s really a plan here with the young guys.”
Reflecting on his progress into the first team, Summerville claims it’s not an easy step up given the high-tempo football Bielsa demands from his players.
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In the cup, I was in the starting line-up against Fulham, and I came on against Arsenal. And believe me, that level is no joke.
“Afterwards you’re just panting in the dressing room. The tempo is so high and it’s really difficult to play as a substitute. These are the steps I want to take.
“I had to get used to my new environment, Corona made it even harder, but now I feel I am really chasing my dream.”
Bielsa giving nothing away on Joe Gelhardt
Summerville isn’t the only young Leeds player pushing for the first team this season with Joe Gelhardt also catching the eye in recent weeks.
Now, having won the penalty against Wolves and impressed against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, many feel he’s ready for a start.
When asked if Gelhardt could start at Carrow Road, however, Bielsa was staying cagey.
“These are things you can’t calculate. We have to go evaluating his participations, his interventions in the games,” Bielsa explained.
“There is an important question to ask ourselves to resolve this: the player that’s coming in, being young especially, does he do it to resolve the needs of the team or if he comes on for a team dominating and needs a few touches.
“If we compare the game against Wolverhampton, he came on in a team that was dominating and needed some corrections. He managed to achieve it.
“If we compare his second half vs Arsenal, he came on for a team that was not dominating. However, he couldn’t change the course of the game by himself as is natural. The precisions you are demanding cannot be answered easily.”