Leeds United winger Ian Poveda has certainly risen up the pecking order this season after promotion to the Premier League.

The young winger struggled for opportunities in the Championship after signing from Manchester City but that appears to have changed.

Helder Costa has fallen dramatically, and that has opened the door to Poveda, who has come off the bench numerous times already this season.

Marcelo Bielsa watched the under-23s on Monday, as they won yet again at Thorp Arch overcoming Stoke in a tough 1-0 victory.

Poveda started but started to highlight a huge problem with his game.

Ever since Bielsa arrived at Elland Road, Leeds have been one of the best at creating chances, but the end product has been shocking for the majority of them.

Against Stoke, Poveda struggled to show that his end product was good enough to break into the first-team past Raphinha or Jack Harrison.

Looking at this example, the winger could have either shot at goal or played it to Tyler Roberts but held on to possession too long and saw his cross blocked.


This has been a huge problem in the first-team.

In the situation above, the Whites should have been guaranteed to score but Poveda held it for far too long before releasing the ball or even shooting.

Poveda has completed 246 minutes of action in the Premier League this season but has only delivered three key passes according to WhoScored.

On top of this, the 20-year-old has been dispossessed 11 times which is nowhere good enough compared to the positive stats he is delivering.

Bielsa watched the game at Thorp Arch, and he will surely want to see more from Poveda before handing him more of a role in the first-team.

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