By Noel Whelan

7th Dec, 2020 | 11:38am

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Leeds United attacker Ian Poveda was “naive” not to go down under contact from Ben Chilwell on Saturday, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said the 20-year-old could have earned Marcelo Bielsa’s side a point against Chelsea.

The substitute shook off a challenge from Chilwell in the second-half that could have resulted in a penalty had the player gone down and given VAR a decision to make.


Instead, Poveda, making his seventh league appearance of the 2020/21 campaign, finished on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline at Stamford Bridge.

Whelan applauded the honesty of the youngster signed from Man City in January but urged him to go down under contact in the penalty area in future.

“Look, on the one hand you want to applaud him for being honest because there is not enough of that in the game,” he told Football Insider.

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“First and foremost you have got to give him credit for that but it is also a bit naive. When you feel that kind of contact, you go down. You have to.

“Other teams will do that to us this season and that could have brought us back into the game. At 2-2 you have a chance, something to hold onto rather than chasing the game.

“I cannot really blame the young man because I complain about players going down too easily.

“Poveda did not do a great deal when he came on though, I thought it was a strange substitution. He did not bring much to the party.”  

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