Side before self is the motto at Leeds United and under Bielsa the squad has never been more together.
That’s why it was so jarring to see the spat between Crysencio Summerville and Sam Greenwood during the Under-23s win against Burnley on Monday.
Summerville won a penalty and Greenwood immediately called for the ball.
You could see that Summerville wasn’t going to give the ball up without a fight but he really dug in and things started to unravel.
Greenwood was one goal behind Joe Gelhardt going into the final game of the season and had obviously been given the nod for spot-kicks.
With Summerville not moving, Greenwood called for his skipper to sort things out but even Charlie Cresswell struggled to make the young winger see sense.
The referee stepped in and booked Summerville before he petulantly kicked the ball of the spot and walked away.
Talking on the BBC after the game Under-23s captain Charlie Cresswell was asked about the incident.
“I knew Sam was after top goal-scorer so I just said, ‘Sam’s going for top goal-scorer’,” Cresswell revealed, “but he wasn’t having any of it so I just had to grab the ball.”
Side before self
This incident might have blown over pretty quickly but we don’t think Marcelo Bielsa will have been impressed at all.
We’re all up for players wanting to score but there’s a process for things like this for a good reason.
Greenwood was going for top scorer and would have been assigned to penalties.
Summerville won the spot-kick and thought it was his right to take it. But, even if there hadn’t been a set penalty taker, the winger should have given it to Greenwood. This is about team.
Summerville got his goal shortly after with a brilliant move that showed all his skills.
You can see why we’re so excited at him in the official highlights below.
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However, he’ll need to prove to Bielsa that he can be a proper team player if he wants to really progress at Leeds.
He’s young so mistakes are forgivable as long as he learns and grows.
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