One of the major talking points at Leeds United at the moment is the arrival of Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Adryan.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has joined the Championship club on a season-long loan deal from Brazilian outfit Flamengo. The youngster is believed to be a very promising talent and is expected to slot into the Leeds first team rightaway.
Adryan played his first game for Leeds on Monday, starting for the Under-21s against Ipswich Town at Thorp Arch. The Brazilian looked very promising, agile and full of creativity, and was heavily involved in Leeds’s play in the initial stages of the contest.
The corners taken by the Flamengo-owned youngster looked good, and so did his link-up play with Chris Dawson and Tyler Denton.
Adryan was taken off with just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining as Leeds went on to lose the match 3-2, but the club’s caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn was delighted with his new signing’s display.
‘Adryan has got great feet - he got out of tight situations four or five times unbelievably’, he told BBC Radio Leeds. ‘When they got him trapped, there was a change of feet and change of pace, and he left people for dead...
‘He is a lovely kid. He is a smashing kid, he just wants to play football, and I think he is going to be a real asset if we can get him on the ball and in between the lines’.
Adryan is expected to be part of the Leeds first team that will take on Birmingham City away from home in the Championship on Saturday.
The Brazilian may not start the encounter, but he could be crucial in coming off the bench at St Andrew’s Stadium.