By Mark Smith at Thorp Arch
Leeds United under-23s welcomed Bolton to Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon, and it was a welcome return to the Professional Development League.
After a number of disappointing results in the Premier League Cup, Carlos Corberan included more first-team names in his side.
Barry Douglas and Gaetano Berardi were both given 30 minutes, with January signing Ian Poveda getting the full first-half.
The 20-year-old made it back-to-back outings for the under-23s after he also featured against Derby. Poveda then missed out the first-team trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
So, with Poveda getting a run-out against Bolton on Monday will surely mean that he isn’t expected to be involved against Brentford on Tuesday evening in a must-win Championship game.
It seems strange. Especially given that the Whites have been crying out for an option out wide off the bench in recent games.
Helder Costa has fallen back into his old ways and has been shocking recently. The Portuguese international lost the ball four times against Forest on Saturday, only completing one dribble according to WhoScored – not good enough from a player you expect creativity from.
Given Costa’s struggles alongside the poor results of the Whites, Tuesday’s trip to Brentford could have been the perfect opportunity to throw Poveda into the action.
The former Manchester City man was much-more direct against Bolton on Monday, and he repeatedly got to the byline and whipped in a dangerous ball. There was some reluctance from the winger to have a shot on target, but that will come as his confidence grows.
Poveda has yet to make his first-team debut despite being on the bench twice, and it looks like he could be made to wait even longer.
In other Leeds United news, here are our player ratings from the U23s 4-1 victory against Bolton