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South American football expert assesses Adryan - 'This wasn’t how we saw his career going'

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Leeds United star Adryan has a great chance to get his career back on track with a fantastic club.

South American football expert Tim Vickery has suggested playing at Leeds United is not how Adryan saw his career panning out.

The midfielder is on loan from Flamengo and moved to Elland Road at the back end of the summer transfer window.

He made his debut for the club in an under-21 game earlier this week and is being tipped to feature in the first team this weekend as Neil Redfearn prepares the team for a trip to Birmingham city.

“This wasn’t how we saw his career going - Adryan is a proper number 10. He strikes the ball beautifully, he chooses his passes and he meets your expectations of a player in that position. But he was also very raw and for a time he was in a Flamengo team who struggled,” Vickery is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Adryan’s move to Leeds is an opportunity to impress at one of the biggest sides outside Premier League.

Leeds have the infrastructure of a huge club and the pressure that comes with a big fan base expectant of a push for promotion up to the Premier League. They have provided the youngster with a chance to get his career back on track.

“He started going backwards and having looked like a big talent at first, he began to look like a bit of a dreamboat.”

It’s unclear whether Redfearn will start him this weekend for the game against Birmingham but the Championship is a competitive league, which will allow him to improve in a number of ways.

Physically it will make him stronger and fitter and the standard of football in the division will also allow him to develop his game significantly.

The 19-year-old is on loan with Leeds until the end of the season and if he can play a key role in a potential promotion campaign he’ll face two difficult questions at the end of next May: push to stay at Leeds or return to Flamengo to prove his doubters wrong.

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