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Playmaker's EFL 72: #1 Crysencio Summerville

2024/05/10 13:19

It's been a trek, but we have at long last reached the summit of our 'Playmaker 72' for 2024.

You may have seen us say it a few times so far but this '72' is not a ranking of who is the overall 'best', but more an appreciation of those who have had outstanding 2023/24 campaigns while racking up the most impressive stats.

Although we're confident in our selections of the most outstanding players throughout the Championship, League One, and League Two, we welcome any debate on the subject!

Now without further ado, we have our number one for this year. A player who has been an absolute joy to watch in the second tier this season and your 'Playmaker 72' winner... Crysencio Summerville.

#1: Crysencio Summerville

We've talked a lot about key players from the Leeds United attack recently (Rutter, James, Gnonto) but none were as influential as this year's winner of the 'Playmaker 72', Crysencio Summerville.

The Dutch U21 international has enjoyed a truly outstanding season with his form earning him the Championship Player of the Season award.

Summerville joined Leeds United for the bargain price of £1.3 million from Feyenoord in 2020 and he initially cut his teeth in Leeds' U23 team before making his debut for the Whites in September 2021.

However, it wasn't until this season that we have seen the best of the Arjen Robben-esque winger who is now being linked with some of Europe's giant clubs.

But let's rewind back to the start of the season when Summerville was the star of the show, as the Whites came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Cardiff at Elland Road on the opening day - Summerville assisting Liam Cooper's goal before equalising deep into stoppage time.

Summerville has been the difference for Leeds on numerous occasions this season, like scoring twice at Carrow Road when Leeds United were 2-1 down to Norwich City. Summerville strikes in the 77th and 85th minutes of that game snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a 3-2 win for Daniel Farke's team.

In early April, Summerville also made it 2-1 to Leeds against Hull City keeping his calm from the penalty spot in the 88th minute in a game that his side eventually went on to win 3-1.

The 22-year-old was again instrumental in Leeds' thrilling 4-3 win away to Middlesbrough later that month, scoring his side's first and fourth goals in that one.

With just the play-offs left to play, Summerville's numbers this season are incredibly impressive: 20 goals and 10 assists from 46 games in all competitions.

19 goals and nine of those assists came in the Championship where Summerville ranks number one for his club for goals scored and second behind Georginio Rutter in the assist stakes.

Only two players in the entire division have scored more than Summerville's tally of 19 this season: Southampton's Adam Armstrong (21) and Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics (27).

When you up that to direct goal involvements (goals and assists), it's a similar story. Summerville ranks third with 28 behind only Szmodics (31) and Armstrong (34).

Casting a wider net over the 'creative' Championship stats you find Summerville's name is generally in the top ten of all of them and he ranks third for carries into the penalty area (100), third for successful take-ons (98), fourth for shots on target (46), fourth for key passes (112), sixth for throughballs (16), and ninth for passes into the penalty area (68).

All of those add up to plenty of chances for Leeds' stacked front line with Summerville also top for shot-creating actions in the Championship (with a whopping average of 6.10 per 90).

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So what has prompted Summerville's vast improvement this season? It's more than just dropping down to the Championship. The Rotterdam-born forward has made vast improvements under his new manager.

“His performances and end product, but also his willingness to work for the team, have been outstanding," eulogised Farke to Sky Sports earlier in the season.

“To deliver in this league you have to be on it more or less each and every day on the training pitch, and that is what he’s doing.

“It is no coincidence that he has provided so many decisive goals and assists.

“We don’t have to speak about his potential, because for Cry the sky is the limit. But to show consistency, that is quite crucial.”

It's quite right that the sky is the limit for Summerville and Juventus and Liverpool are among the most recent clubs reportedly keen on his signature.

But before all that summer speculation can begin there is the small matter of the Championship play-offs to come.

With this year's winner of the Playmaker 72 in their ranks, Leeds have a very good chance of heading back to the Premier League.

Playmaker's EFL 72...the countdown

2: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 3: Jodi Jones 4: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

5: Leif Davis 6: Sammie Szmodics 7: Harrison Burrows

8: Elliot Lee 9: Adam Armstrong 10: Davis Keillor-Dunn 11: Georginio Rutter 

12: Gabriel Sara 13: Marlon Pack 14: Macaulay Langstaff 15: Ephron Mason-Clark 

16: Dan Kemp 17: Joe Taylor 18: Eiran Cashin 19: Ali Al-Hamadi 

20: Jack Clarke 21: Isaac Olaofe 22: Carl Piergiani 23: Jaden Philogene 

24: Alfie May 25: Will Evans 26: Jamie Reid 27: Morgan Whittaker

28: Conor Chaplin 29: George Thomason 30: Mickey Demetriou

31: Stephy Mavididi 32: Marc Leonard 33: Josh Sheehan

34: Matt Smith 35: Kwame Poku 36: Illan Meslier 37: Aden Flint

38: Ronnie Edwards 39: Josh Sargent 40: Alex Gilbey 41: Ben Sheaf

42: Jobe Bellingham 43: Devante Cole 44: Jacob Greaves 45: Paddy Lane

46: Herbie Kane 47: Dan James 48: Archie Collins 49: Karamoko Dembele

50: Haji Wright 51: Dan Crowley 52: Cameron Brannagan 53: Aaron Collins

54: Andy Cook 55: Connor Shaughnessy 56: Jannik Vestergaard

57: Willy Gnonto 58: Ellis Simms 59: Charlie Hughes 60: Fatawu Isshaku

61: Sam Hoskins 62: Paul Mullin 63: Chris Martin 64: Omari Hutchinson

65: Isaac Hutchinson 66: Sam Tickle 67: Ben Hinchcliffe 68: Michał Helik

69: Lewis Wing 70: Rob Apter 71: Kyle Walker-Peters 72: Alex Palmer

Crys Summerville
NameCrysencio Summerville
Born/Age2001-10-30(22 -yrs-old)
Dual Nationality
PositionForward (Right Wing) / Forward (Left Wing)



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As a football fan, I have to say that I fully agree with this choice for the
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Wow, what a journey! Congrats to all the players who made it to the top of
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