South American football expert Tim Vickery has weighed in on Leeds United’s new South American duo Adryan and Brian Montenegro, admitting he’s intrigued to see how the pair fare in the Championship over the coming months.
Arriving on a season-long loan from Flamengo in August, 20-year-old Brazilian playmaker Adryan made his first start for Leeds in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Norwich City, providing the assist for Souleymane Doukara’s 63rd-minute equaliser, and looks set to feature again on the weekend against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
21-year-old Paraguayan striker Brian Montenegro, meanwhile, is yet to feature for the first-team since also joining on loan for the 2014-15 season from hometown club Nacional Asuncion before the transfer deadline, but Vickery believes he could still prove a hit in the England second-tier, despite a previous failed stint at West Ham United.
‘With Adryan, there’s more smoke than fire about him so far,’ he told the BBC’s World Football Phone-in.
‘He’s a playmaker who got into the first-team in Flamengo in Rio at the age of 17, and every person who’s becomes a Flamengo playmaker – home produced – has been compared to Zico.
‘It’s a lot of pressure. A lot buckle under it and he did, and he didn’t really come anywhere near to meeting those expectations. He went off to Cagliari, and I don’t think he did a great deal there, so at the moment it is all potential.
‘He does strike the ball very well,’ he continued. ‘I’d be very interested to see how he gets on there. You’d have thought physically he could cope with English football and there is some talent, but so far this wonderkid label is all based on potential without any achievement
‘I do like the Paraguayan they’ve signed as well, though, Brian Montenegro – the left-footed striker,’ he added. ‘He comes very highly-rated in his native Paraguay.
‘He had a spell very prematurely with West Ham; that came too early, but maybe the Leeds spell has come at the right time. I’ll be very interest to see how he does, because I think he’s got a bright future.’