Nigel Martyn has claimed that rarely-seen Leeds United talent Ian Poveda is similar to Crystal Palace star Eberechi Eze.

Palace spent £20million on the playmaker this summer, and he tormented the Whites on Saturday, scoring in their 4-1 win at Selhurst Park.

Poveda didn’t feature in that one but instead starting for Leeds under-21s in their Papa John’s Trophy clash with Blackpool on Wednesday.

Martyn admitted that while they were similar, Eze is bigger and has the ability to be more direct than the Leeds talent.

“He looks a very exciting player, his free-kick was excellent. He looks good on the ball,” he told the Boot Room.

“We may have been linked with him, there may have been discussions. But at the same time, he has made it clear he wanted to stay in London. We’ve got a bit of Eze in Poveda, but Eze is bigger and a bit more direct.”

The tormentor 

Eze was in great form on Saturday and played a massive role in helping his side dispatch the Whites in London.

The 22-year-old scored a fantastic free-kick, delivered an assist and made four progressive runs according to WyScout – double the number he has managed in a single game before.

Pascal Struijk was given the run around by the former QPR talent, and it will have been a harsh lesson to take for the youngster.

If that is what the Whites have to look forward too with Poveda, then his free transfer from Manchester City could be a masterclass.

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