By Nick Ware

23rd Aug, 2021 | 10:42am

Phil Hay: Ian Poveda set to leave Leeds United on loan, Leo Hjelde deal to be completed

Leeds United winger Ian Poveda is likely to be loaned to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, according to Phil Hay.

The 21-year-old has been a noticeable absentee from the Leeds matchday squads this season, sitting out the 5-1 defeat to Manchester United and the 2-2 draw with Everton at Elland Road on Saturday.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile on Monday morning [23/08/21], The Athletic’s Hay claims the Manchester City academy graduate is set to make a temporary move to the English second-tier, while the Whites are set to make one more signing before the transfer deadline.

“Incomings wise, Leeds will get Leo Hjelde from Celtic done before the deadline,” Hay wrote.

“As Bielsa said last week, more than that looks unlikely.

“Good chance that Poveda will head to Blackburn on loan.”

Time to prove himself

This is a huge season for Poveda as he bids to make his mark in senior football.

He has enjoyed a somewhat enigmatic career so far, moving around a series of elite-level clubs during his youth career.

Poveda counts Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona, Brentford and Manchester City among his previous clubs but he joined Leeds in 2020 hoping to kickstart his career.

However, despite making 27 appearances under Marcelo Bielsa, 14 of which came in the Premier League last season, Poveda has failed to sufficiently impress and has fallen way down the pecking order at Elland Road.

Raphinha and Jack Harrison are firmly established as first-choice wingers while Helder Costa and Crysencio Summerville appear to be the backup options after taking their place on the bench against Manchester United and Everton.

Poveda’s Elland Road career is not necessarily over, but he needs to have a big season at Blackburn, if he does indeed make the move, to force his way back into the Whites reckoning.

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