Danny Mills has admitted Ian Poveda’s lack of game time at Leeds United recently is “strange”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested the 21-year-old is not performing well enough in training and is taking it easy at Thorp Arch.
Poveda has made just five substitute appearances in the league since the turn of the year and is still yet to be handed a full Premier League debut.
Even with both Helder Costa and Raphinha picking up injuries in recent weeks, the England Under-20 international has been snubbed.
He was an unused substitute against Tottenham with Stuart Dallas and Jack Harrison starting out wide while Raphinha was introduced from the bench.
“It’s a strange one,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Bielsa bought him and not really used him in any way, shape or form and he’s been fit.
“You start to think ‘What’s the reason? What are you not seeing in training? What’s he not doing that Bielsa wants him to do?’
“Bielsa clearly likes him because he bought him and you’ve got to be a certain type of player for Bielsa to like you in the first place.
“It’s a strange one. Is it a young player who thought it was going to be a lot easier than it is? Has he not pushed on as hard as he needed to to get into the first team.”
Poveda moved to Elland Road from Manchester City in January 2020.
He has 19 appearances under his belt for the Yorkshire giants but his only starts have come in the Cup comeptitions.