Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Leeds United youngster Crysencio Summerville this summer, a fresh transfer rumour has claimed.
The Lowdown: Summerville’s lack of minutes
The 20-year-old found playing time incredibly hard to come by last season, as the Whites just avoided relegation from the Premier League.
Summerville only featured for a total of 126 minutes in the competition in 2021/22, invariably having to settle for appearing regularly for Leeds’ Under-23s instead.
With the Dutchman out of contract at Elland Road next summer, it could be that this summer is the time for him to move on permanently.
The Latest: Forest keen on move
According to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay, Summerville is eyeing up a move away and Forest are one of the clubs interested, after Marcelo Bielsa blocked a loan exit in January:
“Summerville tried to get himself out of Leeds on a short-term loan in January, only to find that the club would not let him go.
“His contract is counting down and an extension is under discussion but the club have not yet committed to allowing him to take up loan opportunities in the season ahead, despite the fact that he is a fair way down the pecking order.
“Nottingham Forest like him, as do Sheffield United. There is interest from abroad too. Summerville will want game time.”
The Verdict: Time to leave permanently?
While Summerville is undoubtedly a talented emerging player – he has been hailed as a ‘runaway train’ on the ball by journalist Beren Cross – it doesn’t look as though he will be an important figure given his playing time under Jesse Marsch.
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For that reason, it is important that he leaves Leeds this summer, in order to continue his development at first-team level, rather than risking stagnating in the U23s.
Ideally, Summerville would leave for good, allowing him to settle and meaning the Whites receive a fee for him before losing him for free – if not, a loan move has to happen.
Forest could be great for him, with manager Steve Cooper an advocate of youth and his side likely to play a daring brand of attacking football back in the Premier League.
In other news, Leeds are lining up a move for a defender this summer. Find out who it is here.
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