By Daniel Feliciano

10th Sep, 2022 | 5:10pm

Michael Appleton sings praises of Leeds United loanee Ian Poveda

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton has sung the praises of Leeds winger Ian Poveda after his impressive debut for the club, labelling him a “big, big signing”.

The 22-year-old was allowed to leave Elland Road on a season-long loan after finding himself out of Jesse Marsch’s plans having recovered from an injury that ended his season at Blackburn early last season.

But after making his first start for the club in the 1-0 win over Huddersfield, Appleton admitted that he was surprised by Poveda’s ability to play for so long after so long out and was impressed by his “bags of ability”.

“He’s not had much football as well so we were a bit worried about that, we were thinking maybe he’d be better as an impact but, because we changed the shape a little bit, we thought that would help him,” he said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post.

“It seemed to work and the big moments and positive moments probably came when Ian was involved.

“I don’t want to sort of big him up too much but he had a good day,” said Appleton.

“A great first full start for the club, he’s got bags of ability and what surprised me was that he had the energy to keep going for 75 minutes and if we can get his fitness levels up to where I know he’s capable of, he could be a big, big signing for us.”

Money

Poveda doesn’t have a future at Elland Road in the first-team, at least not at Premier League level and that is obvious already.

Despite his pace and creativity, he is levels below the current options of Jack Harrison, Brenden Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra, Rodrigo, Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville.

But what this loan does is determine the level he is capable of playing at, in this case the Championship, and potentially earn the club some extra cash after their big outlay this summer.

It’s unlikely he’ll rake in huge sums, simply because Championship clubs rarely pay that, but anything would help and if they’re able to bring in a seven-figure sum then it will be a loan that worked out well.

Leeds will be hopeful that he can continue his good start across the season to bring that money in, which can go towards boosting the first-team at Elland Road further.

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