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Leeds boss indicates Adryan will flourish at the club, next season

Neil Redfearn says he believes Adryan's best moments in a Leeds shirt are still to come.

Brazilian playmaker Adryan has been absent from the Leeds side in 2015.

Yet head coach Neil Redfearn believes he does have a future at the club, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Adryan is on loan from Flamengo, and has nine starts and two substitute appearances for the Championship club to his name to date.

After impressing under Redfearn at the attacking dip of a diamond formation, he lost his place in the side as results dried up during a woeful December, and is yet to regain his place.

Redfearn's latest comments however suggest that he wants to sign the 20-year-old permanently, and it is in the longer term he can become a real asset to Leeds.

He said: "He needs a proper chance. The boy deserves that. By a proper chance I don’t mean just throwing him in every week. I mean giving him a long period – into next season, really – to settle in. He’s young and he’s a long way from home.

“I honestly think that given time he’ll be a big player for this club in the future. But he actually needs that time.”

Previously it had looked a certainty that Leeds would want to pay to sign him permanently, but a steep price, the YEP quotes a £3 million agreement being needed, combined with his recent absences from match day squad makes it less than certain.

Adryan told Leeds United's website last month that he wanted to stay at the club, insisting he feels at home there, also acknowledging he needs to add goals to his game to become more valuable contributor.

Redfearn had told BBC Radio Leeds a fortnight ago that Adryan needed to do more in training to regain his place in the side, with competition for places at a premium. 

His latest comments are encouraging that he can still see the attacker's potential, and suggest he would like to see him return next season.

Whether it is feasible depends much on how strongly Adryan can finish this campaign, and how the club's finances look in the summer.

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