By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:01 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 5 October 2020
No discussion of this Leeds United phenomenon can be complete before we see what happens when spring arrives.
Will their intensity remain viable when they face Manchester City and Liverpool again, with Manchester United thrown in for good measure, in the space of 15 days next April?
But for now, the uplifting part is Marcelo Bielsa’s proof that a club can prosper through the old core value of good coaching — his coaching — rather than contribute to the hyper-inflation of a transfer market which is about to see Edinson Cavani, 33, arrive at Manchester United on £220,000 a week.
Ian Poveda's superb cameo for Leeds against Man City shows old fashioned coaching can work
Marcelo Bielsa used the winger to good effect in the 1-1 draw at home to City on Saturday
Ian Poveda, outstanding on the right wing after Bielsa introduced him at half-time on Saturday, was so far from a place in Manchester City’s first team that Pep Guardiola did not even meet him for a talk before letting him leave for Elland Road in January.
But Bielsa most certainly did want to look Poveda in the eye. At Leeds, they remember the way the Argentine micro-managed the player when he gave him an hour of football at home to Derby in July.
‘Again, Poveda! Move Poveda! Now, Poveda!’ he screamed from the side-lines.
Bielsa said he has been surprised by the trajectory of development which saw Poveda look comfortable and intelligent as he made Benjamin Mendy look very ordinary.