15 September 2020 20:30
With less than 24 hours until our next game, a Carabao Cup clash against Hull City, Leeds United winger Ian Poveda will be hoping he can add to the minutes accrued last season. After making his debut against Cardiff in June, the 20-year-old signing from Man City has been a mainstay in the matchday squad since, featuring against Fulham, Derby and Charlton as the side lifted the Championship trophy. Talking to the media ahead of tomorrow's cup clash, he talks about making his professional debut in the competition, the team spirit and how the coaching staff have been helping him improve as a player. You made your senior debut in the EFL Cup. Man City were 9-0 up on aggregate after the first leg, that must have been weird to play in? I wouldn't say it was a weird game to play in.
Regardless of the scoreline, I just wanted to do my best for the team. "To learn from the players in the squad [De Bruyne, Delph and Aguero], both in training and in the game, was great. You're a Premier League player again, what was the feeling like on Saturday being amongst the best in the business? Unfortunately we didn't get the result but we're just going to keep pushing in every game." Is there anything that has changed over the summer since the club became a Premier League? We've always had the mentality of doing our best in every game, regardless of the opponent, as we don't want to disrespect anyone.
When I joined the club I said that I wanted to improve myself as a young player, so by them playing well, it makes me want to train harder. Everyone is united, there's no little groups or cliques, every player is really nice." How have you changed as a player since you joined the club? I've been working on the defensive side of my game to hopefully become a more complete player." You see games like this coming up and there's a chance that you might be involved. "Every game, regardless of who it's against, I have to get into the mindset that I might be playing, as there might be last minute injuries etc so you have to make sure that you're always ready for every possibility. As with the other lads, I just focus on every game, do my best in training and work on my recovery. Going back to last season, what was it like to be part of those title winning celebrations? Leeds United made a big statement upon returning to the Premier League. Victor Orta and his recruitment team have signed plenty of players this summer, with Robin Koch and Rodrigo two of the higher profile arrivals at Elland Road. Plenty of players have been linked with a move to west Yorkshire, including Ryan Kent. The Rangers man was the subject of intense interest from Leeds earlier this summer, however Steven Gerrard's side were keen to keep their star man. That interested appears to have subsided, and according to former Rangers boss Alex McLeish it's probably best that a move hasn't panned out due to the lack of first team opportunities that would be available under Bielsa. Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish said: "Well, if I'm looking at the Premier League and the strength of the squads they have down there and the level of the football they're playing at then I would think he would kind of be in the rotation order, I don't know if he would be an absolute first-choice for Bielsa every single week. "Players can have that attitude as well but he's a player who will surely gather in confidence the more he plays, the more little tricks he learns, the more he'll see his speed and his cleverness can outwit a defender and once he starts doing that absolutely every single week then Rangers won't want to see him out of the team." Leeds United are determined to add creativity to their side and have been linked with plenty of players already this summer. Kent is a big player for Rangers, and while a move to the Premier League would undoubtedly have been a big opportunity for him, it seems that it won't happen. That said, the winger has a big role to play for Steven Gerrard's side this term. If he can help Rangers to the Scottish title this term then his stock will rise considerably, and who knows, that might be the moment for Leeds to enter the race for him. Leeds handed hope in pursuit of Serie A man Never miss a thing after Whites clinch Premier League promotion - sign up for free email updates Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Good evening, Leeds fans. The agent of Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul says he is evaluating different options amid growing interest in the Argentine star. The Whites have been heavily linked with a move for the Udinese playmaker for some time, but have yet to match the Serie A club's €40million (£36.7m) valuation. De Paul hinted he is keen on a move to Elland Road in a now-deleted Twitter post, but the player's agent, Leandro Pereiro, suggested to Inside Futbol there are other interested clubs. Rodrigo set for first Leeds start Leeds' record signing Rodrigo Moreno could be handed his first start for the club tomorrow evening. The Whites take on Hull City in the Carabao Cup second round and will look to bounce back to winning ways after the opening day Premier League defeat to Liverpool. A clumsy challenge in that game from Rodrigo gifted Liverpool the opportunity to score a late winner from the penalty spot, which was duly taken by Mohamed Salah, but that won't have hindered his chances of featuring in the cup. The Spaniard could be included alongside a number of players who did not start at the weekend, such as captain Liam Cooper, who missed out due to a muscle injury picked up on international duty. Crowe honoured to tell Leeds' promotion story Amazon Prime documentary series 'Take Us Home: Leeds United' which detailed the trials and tribulations of the Whites' 2018/19 push for promotion, returns later this month for a second series. Narrated by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, the second instalment of the behind-the-scenes look at Leeds will be available to stream from Thursday, September 17, with two brand-new episodes. In each Leeds United bulletin from Leeds Live, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans, straight to your inbox - and of course, we'll have EVERYTHING from Bielsa. And that's it, you're all set to keep right up to date with Marcelo and Leeds United For more details, click here. Crowe said of his role as narrator: "To be able to help tell the incredible story of the past two seasons through 'Take Us Home' has been a real honour." "After years of pain, seeing the white army marching on together back to the Premier League where they should be has given me nothing but pleasure," the New Zealand-born Leeds supporter added. The series will make for much better viewing for Leeds United fans this time around as it chronicles the club's return to the top flight for the first time in 16 years. Ben Smith climbed over seats to drag the steward away from helping her colleagues before fellow fans kicked her. Leeds Crown Court has heard how the clash was the 'worst violence in a decade' at the stadium after one fan ran onto the pitch after Leeds United's 1-0 victory in the EFL Championship match on October 19 last year. Around 30 away fans tried to stop him from being arrested by punching, kicking and spitting at stewards and police officers. Fans clashed after Elland Road match between Leeds United and Birmingham City in October 2019. Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said police feared they would be overwhelmed and stewards were terrified. One male steward suffered a head and back injury after being knocked to the ground and punched and kicked. Miss Pearson said one steward told police: "It felt like a war zone. Ian Crawford, who at the time was Leeds United operations director, said in a statement: "They were demonstrating a real hatred towards the stewards and police who were present, and I would say this is the worst violence I have seen in over ten years." Leeds United's 100-year anniversary celebrations were planned at the end of the match and a significant number of Birmingham City fans remained in the stadium after the final whistle. Some Birmingham City fans later got on to Elland Road and bottles and traffic cones were thrown during confrontations with Leeds United fans. The court was shown CCTV footage of Smith climbing over seats, grabbing the steward by the arm and pulling her out of the aisle to the area where he had been sitting. Kevin Waddingham, mitigating, said Smith had acted out of 'misplaced loyalty' to another Birmingham City fan who he did not know. He said Smith handed himself in to police after seeing an media appeal to trace suspects involved in the incident. Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told Smith: "One steward thought if fans saw a woman getting involved they might stop.