The Whites have been heavily focused on developing young players alongside building the senior side every summer, and this transfer window has been no different.
Along with fresh faces joining, the club confirmed this week that talented trio Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood, and Joe Gelhardt had agreed new long-term contracts at Elland Road.
Interestingly too, Summerville was confirmed as being given the number 10 jersey for the new season after Raphinha’s exit in the summer.
Here, our LeedsAllOver writers Alfie (N12) and Kris (FA5) discuss what this means for the winger and the club…
As fans we can sometimes read too much into squad numbers: Ian Poveda wearing 7 and hardly every featuring, Gjanni Alioski in 10, despite playing the majority of his football at left-back.
In this case, it feels like a show of faith and dangling the carrot more than anything.
Summerville is a highly motivated individual and someone that wants that first-team exposure. This feels like Leeds saying ‘the opportunity is there for you, go and take it’.
It gives Summerville a boost and a nod to the fact he’s a first-team player now, but it doesn’t mean he’s stepping into Raphinha’s boots or guaranteed to start 38 games this season.
Should Leeds play Summerville more?
I think this is a massive moment for Summerville to not only sign a new long-term deal with the club, but to be given the number of Leeds’ best player from last season.
While no one will expect Summerville to come into this season and do the same as what Raphinha did, it speaks volumes about where the club expect him to go that they are happy to hand him that jersey now.
He’s a confident player and one with immense talent, so I’m glad to see this level of faith being placed on his shoulders ahead of the new season, even if he does start as a sub.
Last January, it was clear he wanted to see from the club that his progress was leading him somewhere when it came to senior involvement, and even though he’s had to wait six months, this is proof he’s a major part of the plans.
As Alfie says, it might not mean a great deal with regards to assurance of starting games, but coupled with a new deal, there’s strong suggestions the club want him to take this opportunity.