Bielsa shares reaction to Summerville asking to leave Leeds in January
Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that Crysencio Summerville asked to leave Leeds United during the January transfer window, and suggested that he was happy to let him go – in comments reported by Leeds Live.
Leeds saw a number of their players linked with the Elland Road exit as the deadline loomed. Of course, reports linked both Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips with club-record moves to West Ham.
But Summerville was another who could have moved on. It was suggested that Hamburg wanted the winger and talks had opened over a loan move. Leeds meanwhile, were ready to try and sign a replacement.
The player they apparently wanted was Takumi Minamino. However, Summerville ultimately stayed put.
Interestingly, Bielsa has now confirmed that the Dutchman did indeed ask to move on.
“He spoke with me and he told me he wanted to leave. I told him that would not be a problem,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“The reason why I said this to him is if a player who has pretty frequent participation with the first team, not necessarily coming on, but contemplated frequently, asked me to leave, for me that reason is sufficient.”
Summerville frustration over situation at Leeds understandable
What must be noted is that Bielsa does not share whether Summerville wanted to leave permanently or just on loan. Reports claimed that he was discussing a temporary exit.
You can understand why the 20-year-old may be frustrated. He has had opportunities this season. However, he is low down the pecking order.
And there is little more for him to prove with the under-23s, it seems. He was previously described as ‘unbelievable‘ after one display for Mark Jackson’s side this term.
Leeds have Raphinha, Dan James and Jack Harrison in wide areas. And they have several others who take up a role in the attacking positions.
With that, Summerville may struggle for minutes in the months ahead. He has looked bright when he has played for the first-team. But he has not yet made the sort of impact seen from Joe Gelhardt.
He does have an exciting future ahead, however. So it would be a shame if he wanted to leave permanently.
Hopefully for Leeds and Summerville, they both benefit from the starlet sticking around for the second-half of the season.
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