Is Adryan Leeds United's most exciting player since Cantona?

Elland Road pitchside

In Adryan, Leeds United have a player who could be as good as he wants to be.

Just over 22 years ago, Leeds United sold Eric Cantona to Manchester United for £1million and the rest, as they say, is history.

A lot has happened since that fateful decision was made; but why look back when you can look forward? After all, the future appears considerably brighter at Elland Road – on the pitch at least – than it did a few short months ago.

With Neil Redfearn at the helm, a number of exciting young players in the first-team squad and an Academy the envy of many, this is a time for Leeds fans to look ahead, not least because their recent 2-0 victory against league leaders Derby County showed they were more than a match for anyone in the division.

Now is the time to find consistency, but it is also the time to hope a sparkling young talent can continue to flourish, ultimately firing Leeds back up the table and potentially into a division they have been away from for far too long.

In Brazilian loanee Adryan, Leeds arguably have their most exciting and talented player since Cantona himself.

The attacking midfielder is not yet consistent, but he has the innate ability and the confidence to use it effectively, a player with dazzling tricks and a work-rate to match, as the number of duels he won against the Rams testifies.

The 20-year-old can disappear at times but there is no doubt he has it, that unexplainable something that only a small degree of footballers possess.

The question is how long can Leeds keep hold of him? That, after all, could determine just how far Redfearn's promising squad can go.

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