Leeds United look likely to complete at least two signings this week.
Poveda would be swapping Manchester City for Leeds United after apparently becoming unhappy with life at the Etihad. However, the reasoning behind his grievances with the Premier League champions may indicate that he’s setting himself up for more of the same at Elland Road.
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The Athletic’s report states that Poveda became unsettled due to the fact that he was moved back to the Under 23s after a spell with the first-team.
He’d be dropping down to the Championship, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed first-team minutes.
Poveda’s favoured position is on the right-wing, but at Leeds, that is a position that is already incredibly strong.
Helder Costa has been holding down the fort for the majority of this season, but Pablo Hernandez also often plays there, despite filling in centrally due to injuries to the likes of Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton.
Getting in ahead of a £15m man and a two-time Player of the Year winner will be an incredibly tough task for a man who has played just one senior game in his career. You can’t imagine that a player who became unsettled after not getting a chance ahead of the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling would be too happy playing second-fiddle to Hernandez and Costa in the second tier.
Hay says that Poveda would be a part of the first-team squad, but it’s tough to envisage him getting much of a game from now until the end of the season. If his mentality is similar to the one he’s reportedly shown at City then he may be in store for an unhappy start to life at Elland Road.
In other news, Victor Orta deserves a lot of credit for one aspect of his job.