Is Adryan Leeds United's only creative spark or simply not effective enough?

Leeds United

Adryan did his best to help Leeds United against Fulham on Saturday but the Brazilian fell short and was subbed, to the bemusement of some.

Leeds United's attacking midfielder Adryan could not help his side avoid defeat at the hands of Fulham on Saturday, with Hugo Rodallega's strike proving the difference.

During his time on the pitch, the on-loan Brazilian had a passing accuracy of 88 per cent while he played one key pass and had four goal-scoring chances of his own (two of which were on target).

The Leeds youngster also played nine forward passes, went on three dribbles and touched the ball a total of 53 times. And when manager Neil Redfearn opted to replace him with Chris Dawson with 14 minutes of normal-time to play, some Leeds fans bemoaned the decision while others felt it correct.

  Passing AccuracyKey PassesShotsShots on TargetForward PassesDribblesDuel WonTouchesMins Played
Adryan 88% 1 4 2 9 3 2 53 76

There is no doubting Adryan's talent, but there do appear to be varying opinions regarding his contribution when the going gets tough.

At times he disappears from the action, but while he did that at times against Derby County the fact he won nine duels on that day showcased a different but equally important side to his game.

And yet against Fulham the 20-year-old won just two duels and for all his attempts on goal he is yet to find the net in a Leeds shirt.

This writer sits firmly in the camp that believes Leeds have an outstanding talent on their hands and will do very well to keep hold of him long-term, that in time he will blossom into a devastating player.  

But for all his efforts against Fulham he did not prove to be the answer, and for now at least, Redfearn needs immediate action to help his side get back on the right track.

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