If there’s one thing that Marcelo Bielsa has shown during his time at Leeds United, it’s that he isn’t afraid to trust in youth.
Whether it be the emergence of Jack Clarke last season, or his willingness to throw his entire backing behind Ben White at the heart of defence this term, the Argentine has proven that when it comes to his selection policy, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.
Which is why a fresh report from the East Anglian Daily Times doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
According to the local outlet, Leeds were keen on making a summer move for Ipswich Town starlet Armando Dobra, prior to him signing a new deal with the Tractor Boys earlier this week.
The 19-year-old winger has broken into the first team picture at Portman Road this term, and has even managed to register his first senior goal for the League One outfit.
But how disappointed should the Whites be that the starlet has committed his future to Ipswich, essentially ending any hopes of Bielsa signing him in the coming months?
In truth, we think not overly.
And the reason why we think that is Ian Poveda.
The 20-year-old might not have made an impact on the first team at Elland Road since arriving from Manchester City in January, but his potential is undeniable.
And in a straight side-by-side with Dobra, he looks like a much more exciting prospect.
Over the course of his career, Poveda has averaged 14.44 dribbles per match, as per Wyscout, compared to Dobra’s tally of 8.23.
Similarly, the Leeds man has a pass completion rate 10.8% higher than his Ipswich counterpart, and averages 1.12 crosses per game more too.
Of course, Poveda is far from the finished article, and Football Insider have reported as recently as February that his fitness is a concern for Bielsa, but he could still come good for the Whites – no doubt about it.
This is a player who was “really liked” by coaches at Manchester City, according to Michael Brown, and who the pundit believes Leeds have done well to snap up.
With all of that mind, if there’s one exciting young winger supporters should be bothered about at Elland Road, it’s definitely the one they’ve already got, not the one they reportedly missed out on.
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