Crysencio Summerville’s continuation of his impressive run of form against Bournemouth at the weekend was enough to earn him a place in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ team of the week.
He holds a position in a four man midfield otherwise comprised of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Leicester’s James Maddison and Brighton’s Adam Lallana.
“The star of the show was once again Summerville, who last week put Liverpool to the sword. The young Dutchman remained a constant threat to the Cherries and in the end cost them the match”, Crooks wrote in his weekly BBC sport column.
With Summerville scoring the match-winning goal in the 84th minute, as well as winning a penalty just 51 seconds into the game, it is difficult to argue with Crooks’ assessment. His directness, typified in his desire to engage opposition full-backs one-on-one, made him a nightmare for Bournemouth right-back Ryan Fredericks to contend with.
Crooks was also full of praise for Marsch’s shrewd use of substitutions to bring Leeds back into the game, in particular the introduction of young Italian international Wilfried Gnonto.
He said: “Jesse Marsch must take some credit for this exciting comeback. The Leeds manager made important changes to a side that was struggling and those changes worked especially Wilfred Gnonto – who looks like the strongest 19-year-old I’ve ever seen.”
Considering at least one of Marsch’s substitutions was involved in every goal scored in Leeds’ inspired comeback, it is once again hard to contest Crooks’ claim here.
In fact, so impressive were the displays of youngsters Sam Greenwood, Gnonto, and Summerville that there is an argument to be made that sees them all feature in this particular team of the week. The man of the moment, however, has to be Summerville – whose composure in lifting the ball over onrushing Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers sent Elland Road into raptures.
This was an immense display from a promising player who is in scintillating form at present, a spell which all of those at Leeds United will be hoping continues at least until the World Cup break.