By Sean Fisher

18th Sep, 2022 | 2:40pm

Patrick Bamford piles praise on Leeds United ace Crysencio Summerville after 6-2 U21s win v Southampton

Patrick Bamford was full of praise for Leeds United youngster Crysencio Summerville after the 20-year-old’s performance against Southampton on Friday evening.

Bamford netted a hattrick against Southampton Under-21s during Leeds United’s 6-2 win on Friday night, but the 29-year-old diverted the praise towards Dutch winger Summerville after full-time.

Summerville played a huge part in Bamford’s goals – assisting two as well as winning the penalty that was neatly converted in front of 10,000 fans at Elland Road.

Despite impressing in the Under-21s, Summerville is yet to start for Leeds in the Premier League. But, Bamford believes he’s heading in the right direction.

“Sometimes it is too easy for him, I know it sounds silly but he is a really good player,” Bamford told LUTV.

“We see it in training all the time, I think the next step for him is showing it in the first team when he gets the chance on a Saturday.”

A golden opportunity

With Dan James departing Elland Road to join Fulham this summer, there could well be a chance or two for Summerville to impress in the first team.

Luis Sinisterra has tied down a starting spot alongside Jack Harrison out wide following his £21million move from Feyenoord this summer, but with a packed schedule and plenty of rotation needed, Summerville should see plenty of game time during cup competitions.

Summerville – who also hails from Feyenoord’s academy – has now been at Leeds for two years and has settled down well. He’s hugely improved his physique during his time in Yorkshire and looks ready to push for a first team spot.

Friday’s game against Southampton B may have been a youth game, but it was watched by a large percentage of the Leeds faithful with the first team out of action until October.

However, the pressure around the match only seemed to elevate Summerville’s performance, and that’s something that will have caught Marsch’s eye.

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