Crysencio Summerville's Wembley actions won't impact Leeds United decision as Liverpool and West Ham wait

Crysencio Summerville of Leeds United fires in a free kick in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium
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It was never a case of all or nothing, but there's no escaping the fact Leeds United's failure to make an immediate return to the Premier League will have a significant impact on the future of a number of current players at the club. Leeds will have to sell some players this summer, it's an inescapable fact as they try to juggle financial fair play constraints and a balance sheet that sees the new owners owing millions to clubs as part of previous transfer purchases.

Top of the list of players expected to leave for the Premier League is the Championship player of the season, Crysencio Summerville. Even if Leeds had beaten Southampton at Wembley, the Whites may have had a battle on their hands to keep hold of the Dutchman. But with the reality of another year in the Championship facing them, an exit for the 22-year-old appears nailed on.

Signed from Feyenoord in the summer of 2020 on an initial three-year contract, the Holland Under-21s international went on to pen a new deal that still has two years left to run. That at least puts Leeds in a strong bargaining position to capitalise on Summerville's growing reputation after a standout season.

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Substituted off in the play-off final despite his side chasing the game and a goal, Summerville's poor display in the biggest game of the season is not expected to have any impact on what could be close to a record transfer fee for the Whites, with his 19 league goals and nine assists having already been enough to line up a number of suitors.

Liverpool have already been strongly linked with Summerville, with that transfer speculation growing following the appointment of a fellow Dutchman in Arne Slot. The Reds are not alone in their interest, however, and now there are growing reports West Ham United could make a move for the Leeds man.

The Hammers only need to look at the success of Jarrod Bowen, who arrived from Hull City four years ago having made a similar impact in the Championship, with the winger turned forward going on to become a key cog in the Hammers' machine and winning England honours.

While in no rush to move Summerville out the door, Leeds also know the sooner a deal is done this summer for one of their prized assets, the sooner manager Daniel Farke and the club can set about their plans for next season with a clearer understanding of what is needed and what money there will be to spend.