Sam Allardyce will have a number of decisions to make ahead of picking his starting XI on Sunday when Leeds play host to Tottenham – and he has got to consider starting Crysensio Summerville for the first time since taking over.
Leeds need to beat Tottenham to stand any chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship. Even if we do beat Spurs, we have to rely on West Ham stopping Leicester from winning – and Bournemouth beating Everton away.
Unlikely. All Leeds can do is concentrate on their own result against a Spurs side that are at least looking to salvage Europa Conference League football with a win to leapfrog Villa into seventh. Leeds need a quick, profitable start.
The best way to do that is by including a bit of speed, trickery and a goal threat in the final third. Patrick Bamford is more than likely going to miss the match against Spurs. Rodrigo was playing through the pain barrier at West Ham.
The Spaniard is likely to be thrown into the side on Sunday, and asked to at least provide 60 minutes. He started on the right last time out, and that means a space has opened up. Summerville should be the one Allardyce brings in.
Allardyce has got to consider starting Leeds talent Summerville at Spurs
Described as a “wizard” by Michael Skubala earlier this season, Summerville starred against Spurs in the reverse fixture. Leeds lost 4-3, but Summerville scored one of his four League goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
WhoScored report that having come up against a Spurs side with Ivan Perisic as a left wing-back, and Ben Davies on the left of a three – Summerville had two successful dribbles, made three tackles and two shots on target.
With Bamford missing, and Rodrigo likely to start up top – Allardyce needs to make a decision. Willy Gnonto has not done it recently and Jack Harrison is one he continues to start. For the first time, Allardyce must start Summerville.