It appears Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville may be leaving Elland Road this summer – only temporarily, however.
Summerville has been eyed for a loan move by newly-promoted Eredivisie side SC Cambuur, as reported by Dutch outlet Voetbal International.
The teenager was signed last summer from Feyenoord, whose academy is renowned for producing future Dutch internationals.
Summerville’s first 10 months at Leeds have been relatively successful, even if he didn’t play as regularly in the U23 setup as he may have liked.
Heading out on loan, back to the top flight of Dutch football, against teams such as Feyenoord, AFC Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and the like, is a good opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa to gauge where the promising wide forward is in his development.
It would be a curious move, because Bielsa has rarely – if ever – reintegrated a loan player back into his Leeds team, so what would the future hold for Summerville?
Throughout his time at Leeds United, the 66-year-old has rarely strayed from his opinion on loaning out young players.
Typically, those he feels have something to offer the first-team, he has been reluctant to loan out.
Others who have sought minutes elsewhere are often those deemed supplementary to the Argentine’s plans.
While Jamie Shackleton and Leif Davis could quite easily have been loaned out last season, Bielsa preferred to keep the duo around the first-team squad, firstly as an insurance policy against injured senior players, but also because they are players he likes.
Given how aggressively Leeds have scouted and signed U23 players over the past 12-18 months, there will come a point where there is a talent bottleneck, with scores of undoubtedly talented 20 and 21 year-olds who need senior football which cannot be provided simultaneously at Leeds.
Some will make the cut, others will be less fortunate in getting their opportunity – which is why a change of tack in Bielsa’s loan stance may be required, or already in motion.
Should Summerville leave on this loan, he would be playing for a team in Cambuur who scored 109 times in 38 games en route to promotion last term.
If the Dutch side retain such vibrancy in the top flight, Bielsa will be presented with a strong idea of how the 19-year-old would then adapt to Premier League football at Leeds.
His opinion could already be that Summerville is a level above U23 football, but not yet physically capable of playing regular minutes at Premier League level.
This no-man’s-land could be termed the ‘Ian Poveda territory’ given the former Man City youngster’s trouble in establishing himself as a Premier League-calibre player.
A loan to a division of a standard nestled somewhere between the English top flight and Premier League 2 Division 1, would not represent a bad move. The Eredivisie provides that, with the added off-field benefits of home comforts.
Contrarily, Bielsa may not have altered his stance on loans at all, and seemingly does not believe after witnessing Summerville for the past year, that he could adequately assimilate to Leeds’ standard.
Either way, if Summerville does ultimately make the temporary switch, he should have ample opportunity to convince Bielsa – and others – of his top-line ability.