By Sean Fisher

14th Dec, 2022 | 9:40pm

Frustration and attitude highlighted by Blackpool boss as Leeds United loanee Ian Poveda is discussed

Ian Poveda headed to the west coast with Blackpool for a loan spell this season, but the Leeds United star has found it difficult to settle.

Leeds United were extremely excited to poach Poveda from Manchester City back in 2020, but the London-born winger struggled to ever nail down a starting spot at Elland Road.

He fell completely out of favour under Jesse Marsch, and the American sent Poveda out on loan to Blackpool to try and gather some vital experience.

However, the 22-year-old has still found himself occupying the bench for the Championship side. Blackpool boss Michael Appleton sang Poveda’s praises after he impressed this weekend after coming off the bench in the recent 0-0 draw with Birmingham City, but Appleton also highlighted his issues with frustration and attitude this season.

“He went through a spell where he wasn’t in the team and it probably got the better of him and he’s shown a lot of frustration,” said Appleton, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“His attitude could have been a little bit better at times, but he’s responded well. He’s come back from that and I think the way he’s applied himself in training has rubbed off on his performances when he’s come off the bench.”

Maturing

Poveda has found it difficult to transition to men’s football, but spending time in the Championship is the best thing to help him mature and gather experience.

He showed glimpses of brilliance at Elland Road but massively struggled to deal with the physicality of the league as well as performing consistently.

If he is to work his way into Marsch’s plans at Leeds he’ll need a much improved second half of the season. Marsch has taken a big interest in developing the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Joe Gehlardt and Wilfried Gnonto, but he’s yet to be impressed by Poveda.

If it is attitude problems holding him back, Poveda will likely live to regret it. He was deemed as such a promising young player after making the switch from Manchester City but he could quickly fade into irrelevance if he doesn’t pick things up.

Hopefully, Appleton can help develop Poveda’s maturity and mental frame of mind on the pitch, but applying his instructions and improving on the pitch is only down to the player himself.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are likely to demand a high fee as they look to sell Cody Drameh in the January transfer window