How did Adryan fare on first opportunity to show why he can return to Leeds’ squad?

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Adryan turned out for Leeds United's under-21s this week, but his presence did not prevent them from losing 2-1.

Leeds United player Adryan has had an up-and-down campaign to say the least, but having featured for just 10 minutes of the club’s last eight Championship matches, the Brazilian was given the chance to play his way back into first-team contention on Wednesday afternoon.

Adryan was among those picked for Leeds under-21s’ match against their Sheffield United counterparts, and when you consider how far the 20-year-old has slipped in recent weeks, he would surely have wanted to seize the opportunity with both hands.

Adryan has played 12 times for Leeds’ senior side this season, but he currently looks as far away from the first-team as he has ever been, and he failed to make a mark against a young Sheffield United who ultimately came out on top.

Leeds’ youngsters lost 2-1, with Kalvin Phillips’ deflected equaliser a mere consolation, book-ended by goals from Connor Dimaio and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Adryan played the entire match but he could not make the difference, and one wonders just how many more chances he will get in manager Neil Redfearn’s senior side in the short term.

The manager has previously said that he needs more time to settle but first-team players – and certainly Brazilians with a trick or three up their sleeves – should be dominating under-21 encounters.

Alas Adryan may have missed the perfect opportunity to prove he should be back among the senior stars sooner rather than later.

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