Ian Poveda came off the bench at half-time on Saturday afternoon as Blackpool came from behind to secure a point away at Cardiff City – and Lancs Live report that the Leeds United winger changed the game following his introduction.

It is fair to say 22-year-old Poveda has struggled out on loan at Blackpool so far. The ex-Manchester City winger is back out on loan after an impressive spell at Blackburn last season was cut short, due to a horrific leg break. He is fit again.

But this season, he has been afforded just three Championship starts – and 10 appearances in total. Against Cardiff, he was afforded his most minutes in a single game since October 1. But, he proved his worth, creating Blackpool’s goal.

Ex-Tottenham striker Kion Etete had given Cardiff the lead, his first goal for the Bluebirds. But Blackpool pulled level in the second 45, drifting past a couple of players with a couple of stepovers – Poveda clipped in a cross for Gary Madine.

A neat header, and Blackpool were level – thanks to a moment of magic from Poveda on the right flank. Lancs Live say that he “made the difference” on Saturday afternoon – his “dangerous” display earning a 7.5 rating, Blackpool’s best.

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“Came on at half-time and went to right flank. Made the difference from the bench with several dangerous deliveries including cross which led to equaliser,” Lancs Live report, handing Poveda a rating of 7.5/10.

Lancs Live report Leeds winger Poveda changed game as Blackpool draw

A brilliant showing from Poveda that might just be the kickstart of what has been a disappointing loan spell. A lack of game time is not going to convince Leeds that he deserves a new deal. But, performances like Saturday, will do so.

Poveda does have time. His contract ends in 2024. So, there is time to show Leeds what he can do. What is true, is that Poveda likes playing against Cardiff. He made his Leeds debut against Cardiff, earning him praise from Marcelo Bielsa.

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