By Mark Smith

1st Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Crysencio Summerville spoke to Leeds United squad and Liam Cooper before taking number 10 shirt - Phil Hay

Crysencio Summerville spoke to the Leeds United squad and Liam Cooper before taking on the number 10 shirt this season, according to The Athletic.

It is reported that the winger asked the club skipper if there would be any objections or whether it was a mistake to take on such a big burden from Raphinha who wore it previously.

After getting the backing and green light, Summerville signed a new long-term contract with that number confirmed and he has now scored in consecutive Premier League games.

Writing for The Athletic on Tuesday morning (01 November), Phil Hay shared what the young wonder did before picking up the shirt that had so much resting on it.

“But to his credit, he dwelt on the significance of his squad number,” he wrote.

“Before going for it, he spoke to other players at Leeds about it. He approached the club’s captain, Liam Cooper, to ask if there would be any objection to him wearing it or whether he might be making a mistake. Cooper gave his approval.

“Summerville was likely to break through before long and the club did not think the shirt was wildly at odds with his potential anyway.”


Whatever you may think about Cooper and his ability, there is no doubt that he is a superb leader on and off the pitch for Leeds United.

Summerville had doubts, that much is clear, but to be given that confidence from your captain and the squad at such a young age, will have seen his confidence soar.

We have seen that in the past couple of weeks.

First, coming on against Fulham in a losing scenario to grab a goal and then earn a start at Anfield, not only that but to score the winner over Liverpool – that is what dreams are made of.

There were expectations before, but they have now gone through the roof at Elland Road, and Summerville will need to manage those every time he is on the pitch, the same way in which Joe Gelhardt has had to.

With Luis Sinisterra returning soon though, it will be interesting to see which route Jesse Marsch goes down, with two attacking menaces chomping at the bit to be playing.

All eyes are on that Bournemouth game, will that number 10 shirt be on the scoresheet again?

In other Leeds United news, this player could be first in the Elland Road boardroom as new contract talks may take centre stage