Exclusive: Danny Mills has theory why Poveda snubbed by Bielsa at Leeds
Danny Mills has claimed that new signing Ian Poveda may be “overawed” by the pressure of a “big club” in Leeds United.
The former England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, believes the winger needs “time to adapt” following his move from Manchester City in January.
The 20-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and has failed to even make the substitute’s bench for the last three league matches.
Poveda arrived in high regard having been a part of Manchester City’s under-23 side and also having represented England internationally at every age group from under-16 to under-20.
Mills insists there could be numerous factors behind the scenes responsible for the new signing taking time to adapt.
“Maybe he is a bit overawed,” the former Leeds defender told Football Insider.
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“He has gone from the under-23s at Manchester City where it is all comfortable and all very easy and he is one of the stars and suddenly he is not one of the stars.
“He has had to start again – a young kid, the new boy. A lot of pressure – Leeds is a big club. He is with men. Maybe he is taking time to adjust to that.
“This is probably the first time he has moved away from Manchester for a long-time. There are all those issues to deal with as well. A young lad, moving away from all of those creature comforts.”
Poveda failed to make the matchday squad as United made a return to winning ways on Saturday beating promotion hopefuls Bristol City 1-0 at Elland Road.
The win opened up a three-point gap to third-placed Fulham who lost to bottom-of-the-table Barnsley at Craven Cottage.
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