Phil Hay claims it 'might be over' for Ian Poveda at Leeds United
Ian Poveda has not fallen out with Marcelo Bielsa despite his loan move away from Leeds United to join Blackburn this summer, according to Phil Hay.
Football Insider reported earlier this month that Poveda’s exclusion from Bielsa’s first two Premier League matchday squads was due to a falling-out between the two.
Speaking in the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast on Friday, The Athletic journalist reported that he’s been told that’s not the cause but he admits that Poveda has regressed in terms of his development.
“It seems apparent that Poveda isn’t close [to the first-team] now and he’s gone backwards,” said the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post reporter.
“I would just say as well, there’s been a lot of talk about a fallout with Bielsa and several people at the club have said to me that it’s not like that, that isn’t the basis for this.
“He just is a long way from the first-team and some have seemed to have gone past him and be ahead of him in the pecking order.
“There’s no option in the Blackburn deal so you can assume on that basis they haven’t written him off completely. But I think it’s going to be a long way back for him.
“He’s going to have to have a very good year at Blackburn and then very much hit the ground running when he comes back if he’s going to get back into the picture here.
“Your gut feeling is that it might be over for Poveda.”
It was worth a try
Victor Orta has signed a lot of young players during his time as director of football at Leeds United and you’re going to get more misses than you are hits.
It’s part and parcel of youth recruitment.
Poveda hasn’t done badly in his time at Elland Road with the former Manchester City winger being in and around Bielsa’s first-team squad all the way up until the start of this season.
Leeds signed Poveda from Man City in January 2020 and he went on to make four Championship appearances in the promotion-winning season.
After winning promotion to the Premier League, Poveda’s name on the teamsheet was regular occurrence as he made all but six of Bielsa’s matchday squads in the top-flight.
Poveda didn’t start any games and came off the bench 14 times – but it was still promising to see a young player regularly playing against England’s top teams.
Unfortunately, it does not seem as though Leeds have seen enough from Poveda to suggest he’ll make it as a starter and Crysencio Summerville’s form is also likely to have played a role in that with the Dutchman going above the Englishman in the winger pecking order.
Blackburn will be a good club for Poveda to impress at and if he does well, he may get another shot with us in the future.
In other Leeds United news, Tottenham have offered this international player to the Whites.