Leeds United may already have new Raphinha at Elland Road after significant development - Whelan
Noel Whelan has suggested Leeds United starlet Crysencio Summerville could become the new Raphinha at Elland Road.
The former Leeds striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 20-year-old is “very much like” the Brazilian when he is “at his best”.
Summerville has been a standout performer for Leeds’ under-23s this season, which has earned him a regular place among the senior squad.
He made his first appearance under Jesse Marsch in the 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday (9 April), coming on to replace Raphinha for a seven-minute substitute cameo.
Whelan insisted the Dutch youngster could emulate the 25-year-old if he continues to develop the way he has done so far.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s just a shame we’ve got so many top-class wingers at the minute.
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“You look at Raphinha, you look at Harrison who are getting the goals. Dan James can come in there as well. Summerville’s doing everything that is required of him as a player to give the manager food for thought.
“He can’t be doing any more than what he’s doing. Great attitude, performance levels, scoring goals, getting assists. He is definitely one player that excites everybody and gets you on the edge of your seat.
“He’s very much like Raphinha and Harrison when he’s at his best. We are blessed with you some really fantastic wingers. He’s learning his trade with some other fantastic wingers there as well.
“I’m sure he’s getting many tips watching the likes of Dan James in training, Raphinha, Harrison. He’s putting all his skills into one basket as well. Look, he’s going to be a fantastic one for the future.
“He’s putting pressure on the wingers already. That is all you can ask of him. That is probably why Jesse Marsch is so impressed by his performances and character.”