Danny Mills has suggested Leeds United winger Ian Poveda is not performing to Marcelo Bielsa’s standard in training.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England full-back claimed the 21-year-old is a “talented player” but may have not earned the trust of his manager yet.
Poveda has made 11 Premier League appearances this season but is yet to be handed a starting berth in the league.
Bielsa will have a decision to make on his wingers ahead of Sunday’s game against Manchester United with Raphinha a major injury doubt.
Jack Harrison and Helder Costa started against Liverpool on Monday night but Poveda replaced Costa after just 57 minutes.
Asked whether the visit of Man United could see Poveda being given his maiden start, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Yes, quite possibly.
“But we know Bielsa is very loyal and wants his team to do certain things.
“I’m just guessing that he’s not quite doing the things that he wants in training.
“That’s the only sort of thing you can think it might be.
“He’s obviously a talented player. He’s got a lot of energy when he comes on.
“There must be something that Bielsa is not quite confident or comfortable in from the training sessions he’s seeing or the Under-23s games to think ‘You know what. I can’t trust him from the start.’”
Poveda signed for Leeds from Manchester City in January 2020 and Pep Guardiola insisted Leeds was the perfect club for him to develop at.
The England Under-20 international has now played 17 games for the Whites across all competitions and has one assist under his belt.