By Danny Mills

6th Aug, 2021 | 7:04pm

Mills: Poveda may be forced out of Leeds by Bielsa in 'huge' move after pre-season update

Danny Mills has suggested Ian Poveda may not have a role in the Leeds United first-team squad next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Poveda is running out of time to prove himself at Elland Road.

The 21-year-old has only featured in pre-season games with the club’s Under-23s so far.

He played 45 minutes against Fleetwood Town last month and the full 90 against an Ajax XI earlier this week.

“He wasn’t cheap either,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He cost a few quid so I think people will look at that and think ‘Hang on a minute, he’s cost a lot of money so why has he not performed?’

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“He’s been at Manchester City therefore he should be decent. Bielsa is a great coach, so what’s the issue? It’s a bit of a strange one.

“He hasn’t taken the bull by the horns and cracked on. You would expect him to be much close to the first-team squad than he is now.

“You get to that stage where you need to start playing first-team football or at least knock on the door regularly and when you get the chance you take it.

“Ok, you may be back on the bench but you’re in and around. I don’t think Poveda is a huge part of the first team.”

Pep Guardiola reluctantly sold Poveda moved from Man City to Leeds United in January 2020.

The legendary manager said at the time he suits Bielsa’s style of player “perfectly”.

In other news, there has been a huge update on Leeds United’s bid to sign Lewis O’Brien and what happens next.