Crysencio Summerville’s recent hat-trick for Leeds United Under-23s proves that he has a “huge future” ahead of him, says Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds forward and lifelong Elland Road fan says Marcelo Bielsa will find it “hard to ignore” the Dutch forward if he continues to score goals for the youth side.
The 19-year-old signed from Feyenoord for £1.3million in the summer but is yet to make his first senior appearance for the club.
🔥 Hat-Trick Summerville! pic.twitter.com/qmHYQEo1X0
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 11, 2021
He has turned out five times for Leeds U23s in total and his three strikes against Burnley’s youth side on 11 January were his first in Leeds colours.
The hat-trick is a sign of what is to come from the Netherlands under-19 international, says Whelan, although he might not be ready for the first-team just yet.
He told Football Insider: “It was an exceptional performance I’ve seen which has been very much highlighted on Twitter.
“He is a player that has a huge future if he carries on going the way he is.
“It is going to be hard for Bielsa to ignore him if he continues to perform in that way. It is easy to look at him now after Leeds have had two bad performances but you need to stick to the tried and tested which has put us in a really good position in the Premier League so far.
“It is great that Summerville is putting others under pressure and no doubt he feels he is ready for the first team. He is certainly one for next year though, that is for sure.”
Leeds success with youth players is well-documented — Lewis Cook, Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Tom Cairney and Matt Lowton are all academy graduates who remain active in the Premier League.
Kalvin Phillips, Jamie Shackleton and Oliver Casey, meanwhile, continue to enjoy success at Elland Road after coming through the youth system.