Ian Poveda dazzles for Blackburn Rovers, Harvey Barnes on playing Leeds United - key headlines

Leeds United are settling into the November international break as the Premier League pauses for the latest round of Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers - here are Tuesday’s key headlines from LS11.

By Flora Snelson
Tuesday, 9th November 2021, 9:29 am

Ian Poveda on a dazzling performance for loan club Blackburn Rovers

After a tricky start to life at Ewood Park, Leeds loanee Poveda starred in Rovers’ victory over Sheffield United this weekend.

The young player bagged a goal, an assist, and a man of the match award for his performance.

“It was a very special day for me, very emotional," the 21-year-old said.

“To score, assist and get man of the match, it’s a moment that I dreamed of the night before, thankfully it came true.

“It was an unforgettable feeling. We got our heads down, got on with it and the three points are for the fans.”

Leicester City's Harvey Barnes talks to the media at Elland Road. Pic: Naomi Baker.

Harvey Barnes on Leeds’ playing style

Leicester City’s goalscorer Harvey Barnes says he knew what was coming when he showed up to Elland Road on Sunday.

“You always know that when you play Leeds, it’s going to be about running," he said.

“It’s a game where you’re pretty much one-on-one everywhere.

Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi battles Leeds United's Jack Harrison at Elland Road. Pic: Naomi Baker.

“You see how they do it week in, week out and they don’t change for any team they play. You know you’ve got a one-on-one duel for pretty much 90 minutes, and if you can get the better of the man, you know your role defensively.

“Every man in the team stuck to it really well and like I said, we had chances and they had chances.

"It’s always the same with Leeds, it’s going to be an open game.”

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa watches his team in action against Leicester City at Elland Road. Pic: Michael Regan.

Harvey Barnes’ stunning top-corner strike cancelled Raphinha’s opener to deny Leeds United all three points at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon.

The Whites will be pleased with another point on the board but, perhaps more importantly, a really solid performance across the pitch.

What does Sunday’s outing tell us about the rest of Leeds’ season?

Chief football writer Graham Smyth delves into the reasons for optimism after the Whites’ shaky start, and identifies some key areas where improvement is needed.

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