Noel Whelan suggested Crysencio Summerville could have a major impact on the Leeds United first team and pointed to the success of Mason Greenwood at Manchester United last season.
The former Whites and Coventry City forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that Summerville, 18, is an “exciting young player” that could prove to be a bargain in the long-run.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday that the Yorkshire-club are set to announce the signing of the forward this week after finalising an agreement with Feyenoord.
Summerville spent last season on loan at Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag – the winger’s 21 Eredivisie appearances yielded two goals and three assists.
The attacker, who likes to play from the right flank, has scored a staggering six goals in five appearances for the Netherlands at Under-19 level.
When asked by Football Insider if he believed that the teenager could potentially have an impact on the first team at Elland Road this season, Whelan said:
“I think he could follow a similar path to Ian Poveda.
“We are bringing potential into the club, it is with a view to the long-term rather than straight away. Leeds have made some great acquisitions already for the Under-23s squad and they will be integrated into the first team via training games.
“Summerville is one that can maybe make an impact next season or the season after. We have seen Greenwood at Manchester United take his chance and Rashford before him. You have to manage these young players properly, they cannot play a full season otherwise they will get burnt out.
“Another exciting, young player who will hopefully save the club money in two years time.”
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he expects 29-year-old to start against Fulham after big injury update.