By David Woods

20th Jul, 2020 | 6:37am

'It's a surprise' – Sky pundit gushes over Leeds youngster who combined well with Pablo v Derby

Sky Sports pundit Keith Andrews has heaped praise on 20-year-old winger Ian Poveda after the youngster was given his first start for Leeds United against Derby, saying ‘It’s a surprise’ he hasn’t played more.

Poveda had made two short cameos before but got the chance to stretch his legs from the off at Pride Park and put in a very assured performance.

Talking on the live Sky Sports coverage of the game (2pm) Andrews said, “It’s a surprise that he hasn’t played more since his arrival.

“I think he’s given us glimpses of exactly what he’s capable of. He controlled the ball in tight areas very well. He has done well and you’re looking at some of the younger players who want to show Bielsa what they’re capable of.

“He’s definitely one who’s stuck his head above the water today. He’s been tidy in possession, he’s been very, very bright. Plays with his head up, looks to make little give and goes.

“Behind him, Pablo Hernandez has been supplying some good ammunition.”

Poveda has impressed us this season after being dropped from the squad for seven games.

He’s knuckled down and impressed in training, earning two substitute appearances against Cardiff and Fulham.

Today’s game marked his first senior start for the club and he didn’t look at all overawed by the occasion.

He looks very confident in his own ability and displays real football intelligence. He’s not a winger who puts his head down and runs for the byline all the time.

He constantly checks back if he hits a dead end and looks to keep possession going, but he’s always looking forward.

Helder Costa might be the number one on the right wing for Bielsa but Leeds will need strength in depth in the Premier League.

Poveda provides a brilliant option for Bielsa and we think he’s set for a bigger role next season.

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