Leeds’ shrewd youth business has continued into this summer, not only with fresh signings, but also contract agreements for players aiming for more minutes under Jesse Marsch.
One of those is young winger Crysencio Summerville, whose previous contract was due to expire in the summer of 2023, but it was confirmed today that he has penned a new deal that runs until 2026:
As we look forward to four more years of Summerville, we take a look at two knock-on effects that his new contract will have at the club…
Better game time
Summerville was rightly frustrated last season by his lack of game time when compared to his two peers who have signed new deals alongside him.
The winger was performing at the same electrifying standard in the under-23s last season as anyone else, but game time was hard to come by.
What didn’t work in his favour was that he’s a right-winger, and Leeds’ best player in 2021/22 (Raphinha) was also a right-winger.
With that obstacle now cleared, a new deal signed, and Summerville taking the Brazilian’s number 10 shirt, we can expect to see a lot more of him.
It’s only fair that he gets the chance after routinely proving every game that he is too good for youth football, and this new contract might mark that change in his involvement.
Who are you most excited to see more of?
No desire to leave
January 2022 saw Summerville ask to leave the club on loan, aiming to follow a similar approach to Cody Drameh, who left for Cardiff City and was an instant hit in the Championship.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed at the time that the winger’s request wasn’t granted by the club, as they needed him to stay close by as injuries racked up.
Not much changed where Summerville was concerned, as he remained on the outskirts of the first team, but that has changed now.
What this means is that, as interest from Nottingham Forest and others emerged earlier in the summer, Leeds aren’t going to let him leave, and he likely won’t want to now.
The club have shown they’re ready to commit to him, and the feeling will be mutual.