Leeds legend not keen to see Adryan come back into the side against Reading

Adryan

Adryan has not been in the plans of Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn of late.

Hailed in the early part of the season as a future club icon, Adryan's 2015 has been a big disappointment.

This is not owing to performances on the pitch, it has been more so a case of the fact he has not been given a kick, left out of all five of Leeds United's matchday squads since the turn of the year.

A creative spark in midfield, Leeds had got away with his absence prior to the weekend's defeat to Brentford, having previously gone four games unbeaten.

With the side struggling to create chances against Brentford, it is perhaps notable the team have not scored more than two goals in a match since November 8, a game in which Adryan played, a 3-1 win over Blackpool.

The woeful run of the Tangerines means that result can be taken with a pinch of salt, but the midfielder's creativity cannot be denied, featuring high in a list of chances created per game compared with his fellow players, with Warnock gone, the third highest player remaining at the club.

  PositionTeamKey Passes per gameAppearances
Alex Mowatt MF Leeds 1.52 21
Luke Murphy MF Leeds 1.38 13
Stephen Warnock DF Leeds 1.14 21
Adryan MF Leeds 1.09 11
Lewis Cook MF Leeds 1.07 27
Rodolph Austin MF Leeds 0.91 22

Club legend Eddie Gray is however not one clamouring for his return to the team, arguing Neil Redfearn is making his decision for a reason, and suggesting the Brazilian simply doesn't fit into the system Leeds currently employ.

He told The Yorkshire Evening Post: "I don’t think Adryan should come back in, not from what I’ve seen.

"He’s done okay when he’s played but Neil watches him in training all the time and if he doesn’t think he’s ready then he doesn’t play him. And where would you play him?"

Redfearn yesterday suggested Adryan, along with Doukara, still has a part to play, and has begun to reconsider his options.

With Leeds previously on a successful run, there was little reason to mix it up, but the loss at the weekend adds a new perspective.

It would be a big surprise if the youngster were to work his way into the first team eleven against Reading, but a place on the bench is not entirely out of the question, even if there is no immediate answer as to his best role in the side.

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