Blackburn Rovers completed the loan signing of Leeds United winger Ian Poveda a few days before the transfer window slammed shut.
The 21-year-old swapped Yorkshire for Lancashire for a year late on in August, making his first start for Rovers during their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last Saturday.
Playing 60 minutes in his first game in a Blackburn shirt, Poveda teed up Sam Gallagher to open the scoring, registering his first assist of the campaign.
His start to life in Lancashire has impressed Tony Mowbray, who has made an exciting prediction about Poveda’s season, during an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph.
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The London-born attacker, whose exciting youth career included spells with Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Brentford, and Barcelona, played 14 times for Leeds in the Premier League last season, with all 14 of those appearances coming from the bench.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about the 21-year-old (via the Yorkshire Evening Post), Mowbray said: “He’s a good player and I see how confident he is with the ball at his feet, during training. We should be excited by Poveda.
“I’ve said to him that not all the games are going to be like that, as there will be some where we’ll have control of the ball and we’ll be able to feed him properly.
“Hopefully those days will come sooner rather than later, and I’m sure Ian will light up Ewood Park.”
Poveda has all the tools to succeed with Blackburn and fans will take confidence from his first showing in a Rovers shirt.
His ability to drive at players and beat a man, coupled with his intelligent runs in behind, make him an exciting player for Mowbray to have at his disposal, and a player who fits the Blackburn way.
Poveda will be hoping to accumulate as much experience as possible during this loan spell in Lancashire, and if he is able to consistently put in strong performances at Championship level, then he will have every chance of shining in the top tier with Leeds.