Marcelo Bielsa is expected to make “multiple changes” to his starting line-up as Leeds United welcome Hull City to Elland Road in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
Writing in an update on The Athletic’s app, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported that Ian Poveda is set to earn just his second start for the Whites in the second-round fixture.
With Leeds set to play Fulham in their first home game back in the Premier League this weekend, Bielsa is understood to be set on naming a team against Hull that would see him rest a number of key players.
It will be interesting to see how far Bielsa goes with his team selection against League One side Hull, who knocked Sunderland out in the first round of the Carabao Cup and beat Gillingham 2-0 at the weekend.
Poveda certainly deserves a start with the former Manchester City winger appearing just four times since joining the Whites in January.
The 20-year-old played against Cardiff, Fulham, Derby and Charlton at the back-end of last season, earning his first start for United at Pride Park before assisting one of the club’s four goals against the Addicks.
Stats by WyScout make for impressive reading when you consider that Poveda is yet to complete a full match for Leeds.
The winger averaged 1.21 shots, 25.37 passes, 3.02 crosses, 6.04 dribbles and just 6.64 losses of the ball per 90 minutes last season for Leeds.
Of course, those numbers can improve but for someone who is still such a greenhorn in the game, Poveda’s someone who Leeds fans are excited about.
He’ll get better and better under Bielsa and the fact he was named on the bench at Liverpool – although unused – suggests that he will be playing a senior role this season in the Premier League unless a new signing in his position is made.
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