Leeds United employee issues 'very difficult' Crysencio Summerville claim as talks held
Noel Whelan has suggested Jesse Marsch has “re-galvanised” Crysencio Summerville at Leeds United following Marcelo Bielsa’s exit.
The former Leeds striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 20-year-old may have found the Argentine’s departure “very difficult” to deal with.
Speaking at his press conference last week (7 April), Marsch revealed he had held talks with Summerville over his “behaviour, mentality and professional behaviour off the pitch.”
The American went on to say the young winger has “grown a lot in the past month,” highlighting an improvement in his “work ethic and mentality”.
Marsch handed Summerville his first appearance since taking over against Watford on Saturday.
Whelan suggested the new manager has managed to help the Netherlands under-21 international overcome the difficulty of losing Marcelo Bielsa.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think every player has to adapt. It’s never easy when you lose a manager and it does come down to character.
“I’m pretty sure a lot of them had a great relationship with Marcelo Bielsa. Change, sometimes, can creep into people’s performances and how they feel, their emotions.
“I think as young players like that, you’ve only had one manager, he’s one that brought you into the club.
“When you lose somebody like that, a father figure, your mentor, someone who’s been coaching you and given you your debut, it can be very difficult to take. Emotions sometimes take over.
“To me, he seems a very, very mature player. If anything, it’s re-galvanised him and he’s put in more work on the training ground and in his performances as well.
“He’s going out there to impress Jesse Marsch and show him what a fantastic young man you’ve got to go to if needed. He’s doing everything right.
“You can’t ask for any more from the young man. That goes for all the young players that are out there. They’re all wanting to push these first-team players as hard as possible.
“That brings the best out in the first team because they know they’ve got people on their heels.”
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