By Mark Smith

3rd Sep, 2022 | 7:30am

View: Crysencio Summerville must now step up as Leeds United let Dan James leave

Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville now has the perfect chance to prove he has what it takes to make it long-term at Elland Road.

Deadline day delivered its usual drama in West Yorkshire, with Dan James somehow allowed to leave despite being involved in every single game for Jesse Marsch this season.

Wilfried Gnonto was brought in from FC Zurich at the last moment, but Marsch has admitted he is not ready for the Premier League and is seen more as a striker.

So, who is James’ replacement?

Everyone has been staring at him all along – Summerville.

The young Dutchman came close to leaving Elland Road himself back in the days of Marcelo Bielsa, but he was kept around, and now he is set to benefit from that.

Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra will be the main wide men with Brenden Aaronson in between them, but with five substitutes available, they will need that help.

Summerville has the speed, trickery and end product to become a real problem in the Premier League, and now he has to go out and prove that to everyone.

Step up.

It is commendable when a young player wants to move on and prove themselves, but when that chance comes at their club, they have to take it with both hands.

Summerville made six substitute appearances in the Premier League last season and has already stepped off the bench once in this campaign.

In those six minutes against Wolves on the opening day though, the young Dutchman only completed 50% of his passes – something he will have hoped to better [WhoScored].

Looking at his impact against Barnsley in the EFL Cup though, that may have persuaded Marsch that he is ready for more in the Premier League.

Summerville had two shots on goal and completed two successful dribbles as well as one key pass as he reaped havoc in a game packed with full-blooded challenges around him.

These are the starts everyone at Leeds needs to see in the Premier League, fingers crossed they come very soon, maybe even starting at Brentford on Saturday (03 September).

In other Football Wonderkids news, Wilfried Gnonto completed a late move to Leeds United