Leeds United fans could get to see their star summer signing Adryan in competitive action on Saturday.
The Whites are in action against Birmingham City away from home, and caretaker-manager Neil Redfearn has given a strong hint that the Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ could feature in the Championship clash at St Andrew’s Stadium.
‘Adryan had some of the game against Ipswich on Monday with the Under-21s and he did well at times and found his feet a little bit’, Leeds’s official website quotes him as saying.
‘The game was quicker than he was used to and he actually made that comment after the game. He has got great feet, awareness and has that ability to go beyond people. He brings something different so we have got to consider him for Saturday’.
Redfearn was refereeing to the Leeds United Under-21s’ clash against their Ipswich Town counterparts on Monday in which the 20-year-old made his first appearance for the West Yorkshire club.
The attacking midfielder, who is on a season-long loan deal from Brazilian club Flamengo, started the match and played for around 80 minutes (click here to read more).
Adryan looked very promising, agile and creative, and was involved in many of the team’s attacking moves, while also taking good and well-measured corners.
The youngster may not be included in the starting line-up against Birmingham, but Redfearn is likely to have him on the substitutes’ bench at least.
Leeds have also received good news on the injury front, as Souleymane Doukara and Gaetano Berardi have both returned to training. The duo trained with the rest of the Leeds team on Friday.
However, two other new signings, Brian Montenegro and Dario Del Fabro, are unlikely to feature against Birmingham.
‘Montenegro and Del Fabro are young guys and they are for the future’, said Redfearn. ‘So I think it is important that they get a game before they come into the picture. There is an Under-21 game on Monday and I’d like them to be involved in that.
Leeds will head into the game with confidence despite the current uncertainty surround the team’s managerial situation. The former Premier League outfit won their last game 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road to put an end to a run of three successive defeats in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Birmingham have not won any of their last four competitive matches, losing the last two.