Leeds United manager Darko Milanic has given his biggest hint yet that he’ll hand Brazilian star Adryan his full debut against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
The 20-year-old is on loan at the club from Flamengo but hasn’t been consistently used in the Leeds first team as he improves his fitness and match sharpness.
He has started games for the under-21 side and Milanic has suggested that means he’s ready if the new coach wants to use him as he seeks his first win as Leeds United manager.
“He played on Monday with the Under-21 team in their championship and he did very well. That means he’s ready,” Milanic is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He played well, I saw him for the first time and I’ll think about him.”
Ex-Leeds star Peter Lorimer suggested in his column for the YEP yesterday that Leeds may want to give Adryan a run of games in the under-21 side to help him build up his fitness for the competitive nature of the Championship.
However, pressure is growing on Milanic after two disappointing performances following an end to the temporary reign of Neil Redfearn, who had the side playing attractive football and went four games unbeaten.
Leeds were beaten at Brentford last weekend in Milanic’s first game in charge of the team before only managing a point at home against Reading in a 0-0 draw earlier this week.
It’s most likely that Milanic will nurse Adryan into the team, gradually using him off the bench.
It’s then up to the player to make an impact at key times for Leeds, which will create pressure on the boss to start him and then he can get his teeth into a long loan spell where he could prove to be important in a Premier League promotion push.
Throwing him into the team from the start this weekend could be dangerous, especially as he’s not had much competitive football and as it’s likely to be an intense derby game.
There’s every reason to be optimistic but this may be a match too soon for Adryan in terms of starting.