Mark Jackson has hailed Leeds United prospect Crysencio Summerville as a ‘real handful’ and claims few defenders would like to have to mark him, via quotes by Leeds Live.
Hype has been building around the 19-year-old forward in parts of West Yorkshire as he continually shines under Jackson. Summerville has delivered enthralling performances in Leeds’ U23s and has two goals in three PL2 appearances thus far this term.
Leeds Live note that Summerville’s pre-season displays also helped convince Whites chiefs to let Ian Poveda join Blackburn on loan. While Helder Costa’s lacklustre efforts in the first-team have led to calls for Marcelo Bielsa to unleash the Dutchman.
Summerville has dazzled with his pace, dribbling prowess and eye for goal, despite each of his PL2 outings lasting 45-minutes. Picking up where the 2020 transfer from Feyenoord ended last season, with six goals and six assists in 12 appearances.
Leeds U23s boss Jackson is confident Summerville’s mind will stay on the job at hand and the U19 international will not start looking toward forcing his way into Bielsa’s senior plans.
“He’s in a good moment at the minute, is Crysencio,” Jackson said. “He’s a real handful as a player. I certainly wouldn’t like to mark him – I don’t think many people would. He’s in a good moment, he’s clear in his mind and he’s a focused young man not to get carried away with anything.
“He’s going to work really, really hard every day, as are all the players, and wait for that opportunity. If that opportunity comes sooner or later, then the players are going to have that mindset where they’re going to be pushing every day and trying to impress the manager.”
Is Jackson-praised Summerville ready for the Leeds first-team?
Leeds buying Dan James on Deadline Day for £25m from Manchester United may have hindered Summerville’s chances of making Bielsa’s plans anytime soon, but the forward is clearly on the right path thriving in the PL2 under Jackson in the Thorp Arch academy fold.
Summerville’s efforts seemed to be doing the trick before James’ arrival at Elland Road. Bielsa named the 19-year-old on the bench for all three Premier League games this season. He also listed him against Manchester United in April, plus in the Carabao Cup last month.
Bielsa is yet to unleash the promising former Feyenoord talent in the Whites first-team, but chances are surely coming soon. Summerville could make his full Leeds debut in the EFL Cup against Fulham later this month if he continues impressing.