The next unpolished gem on Victor Orta’s radar?

11 Feb 2021 08:22 am, by YorkshireSquare

Good Morning. It's Thursday 11th February, and her are the latest headlines from Elland Road…

Is now the time for Crysencio Summerville?

The sight of Raphinha limping off against Leicester City after 80 minutes caused a fair bit of anxiety amongst Leeds United fans. With the treatment room already pretty busy it wasn’t great to see our best player departing the field, especially not considering the options on the bench. Helder Costa was a near constant in the side last season but he has failed to find any form this season and Ian Poveda is out himself having picked up an injury for the Under 23s. Could it be time to get a loot at Crysencio Summerville?

Summerville joined from ADO Den Haag where he played in the Eredivisie 21 times last season. Whilst he has not had a chance in the first team this season, he has been impressing for Mark Jacksons Under 23 side. He has electrifying pace, is capable of dazzling and embarrassing full-backs in equal measure. His performances for the U23s have been impeccable and if there was ever a chance for Bielsa to unleash him, it has to be now with Poveda out injured and Costa out of form.

Would you like to see Summerville on the bench against Arsenal?

Permanent deal for Jack Harrison?

There has been much talk of Jack Harrison finally putting pen to paper on a permanent deal at Leeds United this summer. Now halfway through his third season on loan from Manchester City, the 24 year old winger has indicated that he believes the wheels are in motion to get the deal done some the end of the season. It is believed Leeds have the option to sign the winger from Man City for £10million in the summer.

Often criticised for his end product, Harrison has improved every season he has been at Leeds. In 83 Championship performances he racked up 10 goals and 11 assists but already has 6 goals and 4 assists in 21 Premier League appearances. His impressive strikes in both games against Newcastle and against West Brom mean Harrison is having his very own goal of the season competition! Would you get the deal done this summer? At £10 million for one of the best wingers in the league is this nearly as good a deal as £17 million for Raphinha?

The next unpolished gem on Victor Orta’s radar?

Italian newspaper TuttoSport have claimed that Leeds United are battling Leicester City and German club Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan midfielder Tommaso Pobega as he continues to shine on loan at Serie A side Spezia. Pobega, a two-time Italy Under-21 international, joined Spezia in the summer on a season loan and has scored three goals and made two assists in Spezia’s fight against relegation. He is rated between £8.75 million and £10.5 million.

The midfielder has been deployed mostly in the middle by manger Vincenzo Italiano, featuring in central and defensive midfield roles. His versatility has made him quite the secret weapon for Italiano. Arguably his most notable outing was his recent performance off the bench against a tough Napoli side. He won a penalty for his side and then went on to score the game-winner, all while Spezia were down to ten men. As Pobega continues to develop at Spezia, it is becoming evident that the Italian midfielder can be influential both offensively and defensively. All while being sound with the ball at his feet, with decent passing ability.

Does Pobega sound like the kind of player Leeds need? At £10 million could he be another unpolished gem on Victor Orta’s radar?

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Peter in Blackpool wrote on 12 Feb 2021 11:18 am

Ron Swanson wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:39 pm Hopefully next year we put a bit more effort in when it comes to cup competitions.
{sigh} we say that every season, but it never happens

mothbanquet wrote on 11 Feb 2021 08:35 pm

faaip wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:56 pm Right now he's better than Costa and Poveda. I did notice Raph playing the 10 a few times v CP and looked at home doing it.
I'm not sure if he's better than Poveda just yet but he does seem more mature. Raph popped up all over the place v. Palace so would definitely be intrigued if he went to CMF alongside Klich and Summerville got a run on the right. I reckon once survival is mathematically assured - which has to be the main aim for the top brass - we'll be seeing what the fringe players can do like once we secured the title last season.

Cjay wrote on 11 Feb 2021 07:30 pm


Id like to see him instead of Costa, Costa is close to being a lost cause totally devoid of confidence.


Seems a fair price, not the answer long term imo (look at the difference in class between him and Raph and he and JH are the same age). But a decent squad option. Have concerns about him and others though for when MB goes but £10m is decent value.

Never heard of the Italian dude.

faaip wrote on 11 Feb 2021 06:56 pm

mothbanquet wrote: Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:40 pm Watching Summerville in the U23s, it's been clear he's a bit ahead of most of the others in terms of ability. He's pacey and great on the ball but most of all I've been struck by his sheer intelligence. He's so good at picking out passes in the box or putting the ball into dangerous areas. I'd be very interested to see how he plays with the big boys but we also know Bielsa isn't the kind of man to cut another player out of the team without good reason.

Costa's form was fine at the start of the season but the moment Raphinha began to be started over him, his attitude changed. Maybe he's bitter, maybe he's just insecure. I've no doubt his form is directly linked to whatever his state of mind is. Perhaps Bielsa will seek to heal that uncertainty by showing faith in him a la Bamford - but I think if his attitude is more self-centred and harmful then the big man will punish him accordingly a la Pablo.

Either way, if Costa isn't going to make the most of his opportunities when they arise then it's up to others to show they can. If Poveda can do it, why not Summerville?
Right now he's better than Costa and Poveda. I did notice Raph playing the 10 a few times v CP and looked at home doing it.

faaip wrote on 11 Feb 2021 06:55 pm

Struijk is the only U23 player we've needed (Meslier btw too) that's all you can say. If we got injuries to Klich/Philips and Dallas the way we got injuries to Coop/Lllorente and Koch (while also losing out on our best defender from 20) then I suspect Shackleton would be starting and playing well and probably one of Huggins or Jenkins

Try as you might you cannot start 15 players come game day.