Stephen Warnock has told Match of the Day that Leeds United star Ian Poveda was “outstanding” for loan side Blackpool on Saturday afternoon – but explains why Leeds might have felt “frustrated” with the pocket-sized winger.
Poveda, 22, was the star of the show for Michael Appleton’s side on Saturday as Blackpool produced one of the results of the third round of the FA Cup. A giant-killing, beating a Premier League side – but even better, given their form.
Appleton’s men last won a Championship game in October. But, they smashed Forest 4-1. Poveda got a goal with some excellent footwork, and then laid on an assist as Blackpool raced ahead of their Premier League opponents.
Ex-Leeds defender Warnock gave some analysis on Saturday’s Match of the Day after Blackpool’s stunning win. He says that Poveda is the kind of player that will have frustrated Leeds. But he heaped praise on Poveda for his outing.
“He’s one of those players that Leeds will have found frustrating at times. But one thing he did today, was his positivity. Making sure every time he picked the ball up, he attacked Forest’s back four,” Warnock told BBC’s Match of the Day.
“His footwork for the goal, the calmness, outstanding. The speed of which he attacks, weight of pass, hungry to win the ball back. He is that type of player where he can frustrate you one game, and the next – everything can go right.”
Warnock: Leeds star Poveda was outstanding for loan side Blackpool
What a performance it was from Poveda – but, it is also the nail on the head from Warnock. When Leeds brought Poveda to the club, big things were expected. Coming from Manchester City, praise from manager Pep Guardiola.
But, Poveda has never been able to turn potential into proven quality. However, he is capable of magic and he proved as much on Saturday against Premier League opposition. Albeit, a Forest side with 11 changes. Hopefully, a kickstart.