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Crysencio Summerville nets hat-trick as Leeds United draw in Premier League Cup thriller

Leeds United starlet Crysencio Summerville scored a superb first-half hat-trick but it wasn’t enough for Mark Jackson’s U23 side as they let a 3-0 lead slip to draw 3-3 with Sunderland in the Premier League Cup.

The Whites fielded a young side at the LNER Community Stadium in York but it didn’t show in the first-half as they dominated the game to build a commanding lead, but the inexperience showed in the second-half as Sunderland fought back and stole a point in injury time.

The result leaves Leeds bottom of their Premier League Cup group having won just one of their four matches in the competition to date.

Leeds opened the scoring in the eighth minute after Cody Drameh’s cross was parried out by the Sunderland goalkeeper Jacob Carney straight to Summerville who still had a lot to do, but the Dutch winger steadied himself before curling a beauty into the top corner.

The lead was doubled 12 minutes later when Max Dean brought the ball down on the halfway line before superbly threading the ball behind the defence for Summerville to run onto and expertly finish at the keeper’s near post.

And Summerville’s hat-trick was soon completed within 35 minutes as he reacted quickest to slot home from the edge of the box after Sam Greenwood was denied one-on-one.

Unfortunately Mark Jackson’s side were unable to build on their near-perfect first-half showing as they allowed Sunderland back into the game after the break, with Cieran Dunne pulling one back just before the hour.

A tense finish was ensured when Caden Kelly fired home inside the box with 10 minutes left and as the seconds ticked down the Black Cats levelled through Ethan Kachosa much to the despair of Leeds keeper Kristoffer Klaesson.

Leeds: Klaesson (GK), Drameh (Moore 45’), Ferguson, Coleman, Littlewood, Debayo, Summerville (McKinstry 45’), Gray, Dean, Greenwood (c) (Jenkins 45’), Miller. Subs not used: Van Den Heuvel (GK), Mullen.

Sunderland: Carney (GK), Kachosa, Newall, Sohna, Younger (c), Xhemajli, Dunne, Scott, Taylor, Kelly, Dyce (Johnson 45’). Subs not used: McIntyre (GK), Jones, Gyimah.

Give him a run in the first team!

Our struggles this season have been evident and maybe it’s time we started to give players like Summerville a sustained run in the first team setup?

He clearly has the speed, skill and that goal scoring instinct, so I see no harm in giving him more minutes and seeing what he can do over a longer period of time.

Jack Harrison’s form has not been what it was during the first season back in the Premier League, so giving him a break may not be a bad idea.

It will allow Summerville a deserved chance to showcase his talents and if it doesn’t work, we put Jack back in who will be refreshed from a break? It makes sense to me.

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