Danny Mills heaped praise on the “superb” Ian Poveda after the Leeds United winger starred against Manchester City yesterday.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the 20-year-old looked “really sharp” and “full of energy” against his former club.
Poveda, who moved to Elland Road from City in January, replaced Ezgjan Alioski at the break as Leeds battled back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Pep Guardiola’s side.
The London-born attacker has made three appearances for the Whites this season, two from the bench in the Premier League with his one start coming in the EFL Cup.
Mills was in awe of Poveda and suggested that he was responsible for Guardiola’s decision to take off Benjamin Mendy.
“I thought he was superb when he came on,” he told Football Insider.
“He looked really sharp, full of energy and kept the ball really well. He cause a lot of problems for Mendy in the second-half and I think that is why Pep Guardiola decided to make the change.
“It became a bit of a basketball match at one stage – end to end. Both teams were going for it and tactics were almost thrown out of the window.
“You do not get too many really quality games but on the basis of what we have seen against Liverpool and Manchester City, Leeds are definitely going to be entertaining this season.”
Speaking on Poveda after the draw, Bielsa said: “He’s a very highly technical player. He’s a competitive player and he has physical resources which I haven’t seen before. He’s a player who in sprints and distance covered has immense values.
“This player came to Leeds thanks to Victor Orta and when I saw him I did not think he was going to have the evolution that he is having or the qualities that he is showing.”
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