Before football was brought to a halt due to coronavirus, Leeds United fans were a bit frustrated with how little they have seen of the club’s January signings.
Jean-Kevin Augustin made just three short appearances off the bench before an injury scuppered his integration while Elia Caprile and Ian Poveda are yet to make a first-team appearance.
We can understand why Caprile hadn’t played with him coming in as the new third-choice goalkeeper but Poveda’s lack of action caused fans to scratch their heads.
Poveda, 20, joined Leeds from Manchester City in a deal worth up to £1million [MEN].
Marcelo Bielsa named the London-born winger on the bench against Millwall in January and Wigan in February but he was never handed the chance to actually play.
After that defeat to Wigan, Poveda was completely dropped from Bielsa’s matchday plans with the winger only playing in the Under-23s since.
LeedsLive editor Joe Mewis reported in March that Poveda’s “integration to Bielsa’s methods that has held him back” from appearing in the first-team.
The suspension of the Championship season and inability to train might have hindered Poveda’s progress towards playing in the first-team but we believe the ex-Man City attacker should be handed a chance to shine once football is back on.
Everyone is going to be rusty once football is back on and it’s unlikely anyone will be up to the standards that Bielsa will want them to be at, so Poveda might be at a closer level to his new team-mates as he was before lockdown started.
Paul Robinson has since told MOT Leeds News that Poveda is a “top player”, tipping him to play a bigger role for the Whites next season.
But after this break, we reckon Poveda would be the perfect player to put pressure on Helder Costa for his spot on the right-wing.
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