By Sam Stone

27th Dec, 2022 | 2:50pm

Leeds United news as Ian Poveda decision explained at Blackpool

Michael Appleton has revealed the reason why he substituted Leeds United loanee, Ian Poveda, in Blackpool’s 1-1 draw with Hull City.

The 22-year-old was gifted a start on Monday (26 December) after impressing as a substitute in the Seasiders’ previous two fixtures against Cardiff and Birmingham.

However, the winger was “sacrificed” in the 56th minute after Blackpool had Jordan Thorniley sent off in early in the second half (Lancs Live, 27 December).

“On his day he’s a matchwinner. You’ve just got to get him in a good headspace and he seems that way at the minute. He’s had an impact coming off the bench in the last two fixtures,” said Appleton (Lancs Live, 27 December).

“He’s started today, done his bit, and once the sending-off happened, it was difficult to keep him on the pitch with who we were up against and what you needed to do, having to bring an extra defender on.”

Understandable

Appleton’s explanation on Poveda does make sense. Whenever a player is sent off, managers nearly always look to make a substitution to ensure their side isn’t compromised by being a man down. It’s a shame for Poveda after finally making an impact for the Seasiders since a stuttering start to live in Lancashire.

At 22, there’s still a slim chance for him to succeed at Leeds United and that would certainly be aided by an impressive second half of the campaign. Poveda endured a tough period for Blackpool, having played 11 minutes in ten Championship games.

He needs to be playing regular football if he wants to really stake a claim at Elland Road in the future. With just one assist to his name, he’s hardly ripping up trees for Blackpool, and that will have to change if he wants to be considered in Jesse Marsch’s plans in the coming years.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a major decision being made on Liam Cooper after he missed the friendly defeat to Monaco.