Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills believes Ian Poveda’s Whites career is over, following his loan move to Blackburn Rovers this summer.
The Lowdown: Poveda heads out on loan
The 21-year-old isn’t seen as a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s plans this season, so he will spend the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Ewood Park after a temporary deal was confirmed this week.
Poveda is yet to fully establish himself at Leeds in general, failing to make a single Premier League start last time around, coming on 14 times as a substitute.
The Latest: Mills makes brutal prediction
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills gave a bleak outlook regarding the youngster’s Whites future, when asked if he thinks he will remain at the club:
“No is the answer. Once you get sent out on loan it’s very difficult to come back and have a real impact.
“The reason you are being sent out on loan is because you are surplus to requirements.
“That sticks in your mind, even if you go out and have a fantastic season, it’s always in your mind that ‘This manager did not want me last season’.
“There’s always a bit of a hangover from that. It’s quite hard to shake off sometimes.”
The Verdict: Time up for youngster?
At 21, Poveda certainly has time on his side – some fans praised his performance at home to Manchester City last season, calling him ‘immense’, among other superlatives – but if Bielsa saw him as a key man moving forward, he would surely have kept him as part of his squad.
The hope is that the youngster impresses at Blackburn and goes up a gear, although even if he does, it is difficult to see him ever being a star figure at Elland Road.
He hasn’t done enough to justify that yet, and as Leeds move on without him, he could only get left further behind.
In other news, Leeds are believed to be interested in making a late summer move for one player. Find out who it is here.
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