Young Brazilian Adryan generated considerable buzz at Elland Road long before he first turned out for Leeds United’s first-team.
The 20-year-old arrived on loan from Flamengo but began life in the club’s under-21s, becoming acclimatised to a new country and a new style of football.
It was not until the eighth match after his arrival that Adryan finally turned out for Leeds’ senior side, spending four of the previous seven as an unused substitute and the other three out of the match-day squad altogether.
That changed against Rotherham, when the attacking midfielder came on in the 63rd minute, showing some tantalising glimpses of what he is capable of.
When he started the following match against Norwich City, setting up Leeds’ goal in a 1-1 draw, it seemed he had well and truly arrived, and he went on to feature in eight of the next nine league games, providing another assist in a 3-1 win against Blackpool.
Having seemingly acclimatised to the Championship, Adryan was on his way to becoming a fan favourite, even if he did have a penchant for going down too easily and sometimes needed to forget the flashy in favour of the necessary.
But now the player has taken a huge backwards step, not featuring in seven of Leeds’ last eight league matches and playing only 10 minutes in a 2-0 defeat to Derby County.
So has Leeds manager Neil Redfearn undone the good work of getting Adryan used to his new side, blooding him slowly, playing him in the under-21s and introducing him when the time was right with great success?
Has Adryan in fact slipped back to the player he was at the start of the campaign, making do with appearances with the development side and losing any momentum he had previously gained?
Perhaps the Brazilian will still go on to become a vital player for Leeds’ first-team squad. He certainly has the talent to. And when you consider the club’s recent results and the performances of the likes of Luke Murphy, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt, it could easily be argued that there simply is no place for Adryan right now.
But one wonders how he would be playing if he had remained in the first-team set-up, and if the crucial settling in period will in a sense need to be repeated before he can get back to his best.