By Joe Roberts

20th Sep, 2023 | 10:02pm

Sky Sports pundit raves about 'bright spark' Crysencio Summerville after 'excellent' Leeds United display v Hull City

Crysencio Summerville was “excellent” for Leeds United in the first half of their goalless draw away at Hull City, according to Lee Hendrie.

Speaking live on Sky Sports News (20 September, 8:30 pm), the pundit waxed lyrical about the forward, who was a first-half substitution for the injured Willy Gnonto, calling him a “bright spark” for Daniel Farke’s side.

Leeds ended the first half without a goal but held Liam Rosenior’s side at 0-0 at the break. The 21-year-old proved his worth with his immediate impact, with Hendrie praising his 42nd-minute attempt which nearly evaded Ryan Allsop in the Hull City net.

Hendrie said: “It was a great bit of play by Summerville, who’s been excellent since he came on for Gnonto. He hits that volley as sweet as you like and it forces a big, strong hand from Ryan Allsopp to push it wide.

“Leeds are certainly knocking on the door but Hull are really well organised.”

Difference maker

Leeds needed a bit of a spark in the first half, and a forced substitution revealed that Farke had it on the bench all along.

Summerville influenced the game the moment he came onto the pitch, and his impressive stats would not indicate to anyone that he didn’t start the game.

Per SofaScore, the Dutchman earned an 81% pass completion rate, two key passes, four accurate crosses and accumulated 0.11 expected goals – all in less than 30 minutes of action.

The man he replaced, Gnonto, looked noticeably less effective than Summerville. The Italian managed no shots at all in the opening 21 minutes and only offered five successful passes.

Hull, in fairness, lived up to expectations and proved to be a solid defensive unit. Scoring against a side that has let in just seven goals this season can be tough, but Summerville looked the most likely to break the deadline as the Whites entered the dressing rooms.

In other Leeds United news, Carlton Palmer has been left baffled by Leeds’ decision to offer Wilfried Gnonto a new deal