Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer has told the Yorkshire Evening Post when he feels Adryan is at his most dangerous.
The Brazilian is currently out of the side under Neil Redfearn, but Lorimer has suggested that he could become a good signing in the future, offering the boss some advice over how to use him.
“I’m pretty sure that in years to come he’s going to be a very effective asset for someone. With any luck, that club will be Leeds,” he wrote for the paper.
“From what I’ve seen of him, he’s someone who’s best in what they call a free role. He’s at his most dangerous when he’s left to roam, to pop up here and there and basically do his own thing.”
The problem for Leeds is how Redfearn creates the situation where Adryan can come back into the team and play that free role.
Leeds are still in a difficult position, despite three wins in their last four games and Redfearn may prefer to use a settled team over the next couple of weeks which has been proven to work and which he knows works.
Alex Mowatt came back into the team against Reading, at the expense of Billy Sharp, with Steve Morison playing as the sole striker.
For Adryan to slot back in and play a free role, the boss would have to drop one of Mowatt, Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Luke Murphy or Rodolph Austin.
That’s quintet of high quality players who all complement each other well and who tick all of the boxes as far as Redfearn is concerned in terms of discipline, presence, creativity and aggression.
So how is Adryan going to get back into the team?
He has to make the most of the chances he’s given in the under-21 side. If he can play well in that setup, create and score goals then he’ll grab Redfearn’s attention.
He also has to work hard on his defensive discipline, because the boss certainly won’t bring him back in if he jeopardises the defensive integrity of the team.