Brighton monitoring Leeds United star Crysencio Summerville

Brighton and Hove Albion are keen on signing Leeds United attacker Crysencio Summerville following his eye-catching performances in the Championship.

Crysencio Summerville

Crysencio Summerville, 22, has enjoyed a fruitful first half of 2023/24, plundering 11 goals and six assists in 22 appearances. The winger’s goalscoring haul has included braces against Norwich City and Huddersfield Town, as Leeds United continue pushing for automatic promotion spots.

The Dutchman is currently Leeds’ top goalscorer this term. Only Southampton striker Che Adams has more goal contributions in the English second tier across the 2023/24 campaign than the Leeds star. Summerville’s form has unsurprisingly not gone unnoticed, with Brighton reportedly monitoring him ahead of the winter transfer window.

The Seagulls have identified Summerville as a player who could be a potential replacement for Kaoru Mitoma if the club ends up selling the speedy Japanese winger.

Kaoru Mitoma on the radar of big European clubs

Kaoru Mitoma was sensational last season and helped Brighton achieve a place in the Europa League. He signed a new contract in October until 2027 but last season’s form earned the winger attention from Europe’s elite clubs.

The Japanese international hasn’t been at his best so far this season and the Seagulls could make a huge profit by cashing in on him next year. As a result, the South Coast Club are putting plans in place to eventually replace Mitoma.

Crysencio Summerville has the talent to succeed at Brighton

If Mitoma is sold, Brighton will need to find an able replacement and Crysencio Summerville would be a smart long-term option. Summerville has previously shown his quality in the Premier League before Leeds were relegated, and he certainly has the qualities to thrive in Roberto de Zerbi’s system at the Amex Stadium.

The opportunity to return to the top flight will be an attractive option for the Dutch winger. Leeds, however, have no intention of selling Summerville in January, considering his high importance to the team’s immediate bid for promotion. Nonetheless, Brighton must test Leeds’ resolve with a cheeky bid for the 22-year-old attacker as he could become the ideal signing for De Zerbi’s side to ease the blow of Mitoma’s dip in form.

Mitoma’s drop-off in form has been quite worrying, particularly given the weight of expectation behind his last season’s contributions that helped Brighton achieve a European spot under De Zerbi. So, by signing Summerville in January, Brighton could look to cash in on Mitoma in the summer of 2024.

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