Troy Deeney sets big Wembley challenge for Leeds United's 'only real spark'

Troy Deeney has called on Leeds United star Crysencio Summerville to step up ahead of their Championship play-off final against Southampton.

The 22-year-old has been the one of the Whites' standout performers this term, and is hoping to conclude a wonderful season with promotion to the Premier League. The Dutchman has scored 21 goals and provided 10 assists for Daniel Farke's side en route to Wembley.

Summerville was named in the starting line-up to face the Saints in the capital this afternoon. He is part of a forward line that includes Wilfried Gnonto, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter. Patrick Bamford was not named in the matchday squad having failed to recover from a knee injury.

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With the season reaching it's conclusion this afternoon, reports continue to mount on the future of the Whites' number 10 having posted his best numbers in a Leeds shirt. The likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have been credited with an interest in the 22-year-old ahead of the play-off final.

And speaking on Sky Sports, the former Watford striker, who is on punditry duty alongside former Leeds manager Neil Warnock and Jobi McAnuff, was quick to praise the Dutchman's performance this season. However, he challenged Summerville to step up under the Wembley arch, explaining that he cannot solely rely on just his ability in a game of this magnitude.

"Absolutely. I think the Player of the Season was probably wrapped up in December," said Deeney. "He's just a level above. When you watch certain players and we're fortunate to be at the top level, but look, he moves differently to anyone in the Championship.

"He glides past people and he is the only real spark where they give him the ball and they know that something is going to happen and I think he is destined for great things. But, this is the game where has to step up.

"This is the game now where he can't just rely on that ability. He has to demand the ball, give me the ball and watch me show you what I can do.

"He looks settled and he looks calm. I saw him beforehand when he was messing around with all of the lads and that is a good sign for this type of game."