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Paul Robinson has said that 19y/o winger Crysencio Summerville faces huge competition to get in the Leeds first-team squad but that the Brighton display has given him a big opportunity.
The youngster signed from Feyenoord in the summer and his first half-season with Leeds has been blighted by injury.
However, he announced himself with a hat-trick for the Under-23s in the recent 4-1 win against Burnley, and he was spotted in first-team training at Thorp Arch ahead of the clash v Newcastle on Tuesday.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “If Bielsa had thought anyone from the Under-23s was ready for the first-team he would have played them.
“And, if Summerville has been injured it’s going to be difficult for him to break into the first-team.
“But, after Brighton, there has to be a chance for him to break into the squad.
“There’s a lot of competition for the wing places at Leeds at the moment. Raphinha, Jack Harrison, Poveda, Helder Costa, even Hernandez.
“There is a big cluster of players ahead of him so he’s going to have to keep doing what he’s doing and doing it well to get the opportunity.
“He’s going to have to grasp any opportunity that comes his way.”
Bielsa doesn’t shy away from promoting Under-23s players if he thinks they’re ready.
And Summerville has played a full season of first-team football in the Eredivisie so he has the experience that others don’t.
His issue will be the pecking order for wingers but training with the first-team will give him the chance to catch Bielsa’s eye again.
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