Ian Poveda today joined Leeds United from Manchester City, but who is this nineteen year old winger? He started his youth career at Chelsea before having spells at Puerto Malagueño, Arsenal and Barcelona. He went on to join Brentford in 2014 where he spent two years but left due to the closure of the their academy in 2016. Poveda joined Manchester City and impressed initially for their under 18’s side and under 23’s, then making his senior debut vs Burton Albion in the EFL Cup semi final in January of last year.
He has represented England at under 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 level. Having so far only played four times for the under 20s’s, he’s scored two goals against Iceland and one against Portugal. I spoke to @TheCityEye to get the lowdown on the promising youngster.
What sort of player is he?
I’ve seen Poveda play a number of times, mainly for our academy sides, however he has played once or twice for the first 11. A winger who doesn’t have blistering pace, he relies a lot on his positional play as well as beating players with skill.
What are his main attributes?
He has excellent close control, dribbling is clearly something that he’s worked on a lot as young lad.
Off the ball his work rate is exceptional. Having watched Leeds a few times he’ll fit into your side no problem.
What areas of his game does he need to improve?
At the moment I think he’s like many lads his age, he needs to mature. Physically he’s light and could struggle in the Championship with his current frame. Additionally I’ve seen him a few times go through on goal and not finish. I’m sure these are things which will get better in time.
It looks like he will be leaving on a permanent deal, are you guys sad to see him leave or is it time he moved on?
He’s a very good player with high potential, but at City now the only players that are breaking through are ones with world class potential. I like Poveda a lot but I think a permanent move away is best for his development.
He’s played mainly for the younger age groups, has he ever looked like breaking into the first team?
Unfortunatley I just don’t think he’s at the level which the club is looking for, which is reflected in his lack of appearances for the club.
How does he compare to Jack Harrison? Better, not as good? Are the skills we’ve all seen on YouTube consistent or does he blow hot and cold?
Much difference actually. Jack is much stronger. Poveda’s off the ball work will be hard to match.
Has he been training with the first team at any point?
Yes and he travells with the first team squad quite a lot, but just fails to make the match day squad.
Finally, do you have any interesting stories about him?
Not really, but he was born in London to Colombian parents and speaks fluent Spanish. He’s currently playing for England at national level.
As always, I really hope he goes on to do big things. It’s always good to see former blues plying their trade elsewhere if they can’t make it at City. Good Luck Ian-Carlo.
Thanks to Jordan Rothwell from TheCityEye, you can check them out on twitter @TheCityEye or http://www.thecityeye.co.uk. Some interesting views on Ian, particularly regarding his off the ball work. Seems like we’re getting a player that is technically very good, works extremely hard but perhaps needs to mature physically and improve his overall output. At nineteen and having worked with Pep at Manchester City, now is the time that he takes that next step in his career. I for one am excited about this signing now it’s finally over the line.
By Thomas Wilson| Image via premier league.com
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