Leeds United star Ian Poveda starred for loan side Blackpool in a 4-1 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday and posted on Instagram after the match – prompting teammate Jordan Gabriel to tell him to “sign the contract”.

Poveda, 22, has made a slow start to life at Bloomfield Road but has picked up since the World Cup break. On Saturday, he scored and laid on an assist in a stunning performance for Michael Appleton’s side. He could have had a hat-trick.

His first goal for Blackpool in his 14th appearance, and only his second professional goal – scoring one for Blackburn last season before injury. Stephen Warnock raved about his performance in his analysis on BBC’s Match of the Day.

A wonderful performance that played a crucial part in one of many giant killings on the weekend. Poveda posted a minute-long montage of his best moments of the match on Instagram, including his goal and assist for Jerry Yates.

Leeds star Poveda told to sign Blackpool contract by teammate Gabriel

So, should Poveda sign a new deal? The ex-Manchester City star has struggled to make an impression at Leeds, despite being well-liked by Marcelo Bielsa. There were signs at Blackburn, but hopefully Saturday is a kick-start for the winger.

Does he have a future at Leeds? Hardly, with the Whites about to splash a record fee on attacker Georginio Rutter. He has a contract at Leeds until the summer of 2024. By the summer, he will be in the final 12 months of his current deal.

With Poveda impressing in the last few weeks, there is a chance he may be tempted to remain at Blackpool. Whether they have the funds to bring him in – remains to be seen. But Gabriel’s comment certainly suggests there is a chance.

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