Riyad Mahrez was amongst those to laud Ian Poveda on Instagram after the Leeds United loanee shone in Blackpool’s brilliant FA Cup win against Premier League opposition at the weekend.

Poveda scored one and set up another as Michael Appleton’s men booked their spot in the fourth round of the competition at the expense of Nottingham Forest.

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Appleton suggested after the game that it may have been the Leeds loanee’s best performance for the club. He noted that the 22-year-old is a Premier League-quality player, with an incredible work-rate.

Mahrez lauds Poveda on Instagram after Blackpool goal

It is very encouraging signs for a player who had probably been written off by many. Unfortunately, it seems that Poveda has a monumental task trying to get back into the first-team fold at Elland Road.

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But there is absolutely no question that Poveda has real potential. And nothing highlights that more than the list of clubs he has represented already.

He has spent time on the books at Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona. And of course, it was Manchester City who let him go during our promotion-winning season.

He only made one appearance for the Cityzens’ first-team. But it seems that he was a popular figure, with Mahrez now praising him on Instagram.

Poveda took to social media to express his delight at helping Blackpool beat Forest. And amongst those to reply was the Algerian, who was clearly impressed…

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Leeds would be wrong to close the door on the idea of Poveda making the grade. He obviously has real talent. And he is someone with a piece of magic up his sleeve.

But there is no question that he now needs to make a massive impact in the coming months. That strike against Forest was his only goal for Blackpool so far. And he has only provided one Championship assist.

Those numbers need to improve dramatically. But there is definitely the potential there.

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