Speaking on his podcast, Athletic journalist Phil Hay has delivered an update on Ian Poveda’s situation at Leeds after the winger was loaned out to Blackburn.
The 21-year-old won’t be playing his football at Elland Road this term, and inevitably, a loan move has led to questions about his future at the club.
Hay says that the club feel as though there is a chance he’ll come back into the fold, but he says he’s slipped down the pecking order with 19-year-old Crysencio Summerville usurping him.
What’s been said?
Hay gave an update on Poveda and Leeds’ policy with loan players.
“There has been a slight softening in that the club have tried to tell Bielsa that there is some merit in giving some games to players who aren’t that close, and it seems as though Poveda isn’t close and he’s clearly gone backwards.
“There’s been a lot of talk about a fallout with Bielsa and several people at the club have said to me it’s not like that, that isn’t the basis for this, he just is a long way from the first-team, and Summerville has gone past him in the pecking order.”
Time to prove himself
It may be now or never for Poveda to prove he’s good enough to play for Bielsa’s Leeds.
The winger certainly has talent. After all, even Bielsa has admitted in the past that he’s a ‘dynamic’ player, but his end product has lacked and his physical attributes just aren’t there.
The fact a 19-year-old is now ahead of him in the pecking order doesn’t bode well, but as we’ve seen before, a loan spell can be the making of a player.