Former Leeds United winger Eddie Gray has dismissed suggestions that Adryan will struggle in the Championship because of his slight built.
The 20-year-old was signed by Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Flamengo in the summer transfer window, but he has yet to make his competitive debut for the Whites.
The Brazilian playmaker, who is very highly rated and is claimed to be a future star, was on the substitutes’ bench for Leeds’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road in the Championship on October 4.
Adryan even warmed up on the touchline, but manager Darko Milanic did not bring him on as the Yorkshire derby ended in a 1-1 draw.
There have been some suggestions that Adryan may not be ready yet for the Championship because of his built, but Gray highlights Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling’s success despite not being physically imposing.
‘If people are saying that Adryan is a bit too small and slight for the Championship it might be something he has to work on but if he can play it doesn’t make any difference how big he is’, the 66-year-old wrote in The Yorkshire Evening Post.
‘If you’re a player, you’re a player – that’s it and there’s plenty of great small players in and around the world. You only need to look at Raheem Sterling at Liverpool and he’s not a giant is he?
‘It might be tough in the Championship but if a boy can play he can play in any league and it’s easier to play in the Championship than it is to play in the Premier League!’.
Gray does indeed have a point. True, it may not be easy for slightly built players like Adryan against the physically strong players, but that does not mean that they cannot succeed.