The brilliantly-named Crysencio Summerville is not someone who many Leeds United fans will have heard of before he was linked with a move to Elland Road on Friday.
Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath has reported that Leeds are in talks with Feyenoord as they aim to sign the 18-year-old attacker, who has also been watched by Brentford and Premier League rivals Wolves.
Dutch newspaper AD has also added that Feyenoord’s sporting director Frank Arnesen wants to sell Summerville before the transfer window closes after he refused to sign a new deal at De Kuip.
Summerville’s existing Feyenoord contract expires next summer and it is understood that Leeds want to agree a fee with the Dutch giants either today (Saturday) or tomorrow.
But why would Leeds want to sign the Netherlands Under-19 international? Why do the Whites want yet another winger adding to their squad when Marcelo Bielsa already has so many options available?
A quick glance at his stats while on loan at ADO Den Haag last season suggests that he could be lighting up Elland Road in the future.
As per WyScout’s heatmap, Summerville played mainly as a right-winger last season at Den Haag but he was also used as a centre-forward by the Dutch club, who were managed by Alan Pardew for a matter of months before the campaign was curtailed early due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Summerville found a team-mate with 31.3 per cent of his crosses in all competitions last term and managed to complete 54.8 per cent of his dribbles.
In comparison, 27.7 per cent of Helder Costa’s crosses were accurate and the Leeds winger completed 52.9 per cent of dribbles in all competitions.
Of course, there are more to a winger’s game that simply dribbles and crosses.
Costa averaged way more touches inside the penalty box per 90 minutes of action last season [4.33] than Summerville [2.71] while the Portuguese winger also had a superior pass accuracy [71.5%] than the Feyenoord teen [78.2%].
But Summerville’s expected assists was 0.14 per 90 minutes compared to Costa’s 0.12 and the Dutch attacker’s expected goals stat was also better at 0.18 per 90 minutes to Costa’s 0.17.
In January, after Pardew arriving at Den Haag, The Athletic journalist Dominic Fifield described Summerville as a “livewire” who is “unpredictable and slippery in possession”.
Based on his stats, Summerville lives up to that billing and if he does head to Elland Road, Costa will want to keep one eye on the Dutch talent as he outperformed him in some areas last season despite playing for a team that was battling against relegation.
Of course, Summerville is only 18-years-old and Leeds might have the next few years in the mind for this deal.
But we expect to see the Feyenoord ace bursting into the senior squad at some point during his time in West Yorkshire and, hopefully, putting in the kind of dazzling displays Den Haag fans got used to last season.
In other Leeds United news, this 24-year-old is not in Bielsa’s plans for the upcoming season.