Poveda struggled to break his way into the first-team when he arrived at Elland Road in January. Arriving at the young age of 19, it was always unclear where Leeds saw him fitting in, was this one with an eye to the future or a player they thought could make an immediate impact? The early signs suggested the former.
The extended pause brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic would prove to be something of a blessing for the former Manchester City winger. It’s thought that he worked extremely hard to maintain his fitness over the lockdown.
He was rewarded with a late cameo against Cardiff, though was unable to stop Leeds slumping to a 2-0 loss in Wales. He would be given a further 10 minutes in the 3-0 win at home against Fulham, where Leeds re-found their groove.
He would then have to wait until the Derby fixture to make another appearance, this time however he would start. Poveda put in a good showing, playing down the right and making 14 accurate passes, 2 of which were key.
This performance earned him a further 30 minutes in Leeds’ final game against Charlton, which was again impressive. It is interesting to note how despite being better known for his technical and attacking ability, the stats support his defensive abilities too. In these final two games, Poveda won 3 ground duels in both.
Poveda’s most notable contribution to this fixture though, would be his contribution to Leeds’ final goal in their title-winning season. He made a lightning run to meet a Pascal Strujik cross-field ball, leaving the Charlton full back in his dust. One touch then pass to find a free Jamie Shackleton who slotted it home without any fuss.
Poveda’s future is bright. His performances in these final few games were extremely encouraging and demonstrate that he has massive potential to step up to Premier League football.