Leeds United fans are hoping to see 19-year-old winger Crysencio Summerville get his chance in the first-team squad after an injury to Ian Poveda is set to keep the winger out for weeks.
That was the early team news that came out of Marcelo Bielsa’s press conference, with Rodrigo joining Poveda on the sidelines.
Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes Summerville is “the pick” of young wingers for Leeds ahead of the game against Palace on Monday, but said Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t appear keen to rush any of the Under-23s attackers into the first-team.
Talking on The Athletic in a pre-match round-up, one fan said, “Hi Phil, with Poveda out for the foreseeable and Costa in poor form, do you think we might see Summerville on the bench?”
Hay replied saying, “Good question that. He looks like the pick of the wingers in the 23s.
“If we’re being honest though, Bielsa isn’t rushing to bring attacking players from the U23s onto his bench for league games. We haven’t seen Greenwood or Gelhardt included for an EPL fixture yet.”
Hay went on to say, “The 23s train quite regularly with the first team. It’s fairly fluid and there’s a lot of crossover (there has been from the start, essentially so that Bielsa can call on then whenever he needs them).
“Both Gelhardt and Greenwood are banging in the goals for the 23s but it’s been other players who’ve featured on the bench for league games. They can’t be too far away though.”
It’s a big, big jump up to the Premier League and fans have to temper expectations.
It’s one thing seeing youngsters banging goals in for the Under-23s but it’s another doing it in the Premier League.
Saying that, Summerville has a season of first-team football in the Eredivisie behind him and he won’t be phased by sitting on the Leeds first-team bench.
We wouldn’t be suprised to see him on the bench very soon, especially if Leeds go on and clinch safety early, as expected.
However, we think tonight will be too soon.
He played 90 minutes for the Under-23s on Sunday, in a 4-2 win against Middlesbrough.
If Bielsa was going to put him on the bench tonight he would surely have just given him 45 minutes – as he did with Joe Gelhardt.
Could that mean a place on the bench for Gelhardt tonight? We think that’s more likely.
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