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One assist, dispossessed once - Adryan impresses on first start for Leeds

Adryan struggled in a couple of areas statistically on his first start for Leeds United against Norwich but performed where it counts.

Brazilian star Adryan was handed his first Championship start for Leeds United in the game against Norwich City last night.

The Flamengo loanee has been playing predominantly for the under-21 side in the Professional Development League but Darko Milanic felt it was time for him to step up to the first team and he did a decent job.

He was one of only two players, Alex Mowatt the other, to play a key pass for Leeds during the game and also registered his first assist, which shows an attacking intelligence and creativity that not every member of the current team can produce in a big game and under pressure away from home.

  PositionTeamTotal PassTotal Long BallsAccurate Long BallsAppearancesMins Played
Adryan MF Leeds 30 2 0 1 90
  PositionTeamGoal AssistAppearancesMins Played
Adryan MF Leeds 1 1 90

One area he will be looking to improve was his passing accuracy, with was 76.7% over a total of 30 passes during the game as well as his long ball accuracy with the two long balls he attempted during the game failing to find their intended targets.

He was also one of the only Leeds players to attempt a dribble against a Norwich player and one of the best in terms of the number of times he was dispossessed during the game.

  PositionTeamTotal ContestDispossessedAppearancesMins Played
Adryan MF Leeds 1 1 1 90

The dribble shows he’s got the guts to take on experienced defenders and the possession stat shows he’s effective in terms of protecting the ball when he does have it at his feet whether he’s looking for a pass or moving with possession.

Conclusion: A mixed first start. There were encouraging signs but there are areas he needs to improve, as Leeds look to control games in midfield and attack sides more directly through possession and pressure football.

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