Of all Leeds United’s current first-team players, one generates more debate than most and that is Brazilian midfielder Adryan.
The 20-year-old arrived on loan from Flamengo last summer and after a settling-in period he began to get chances in the senior side, quickly showing glimpses of what he is capable of.
After coming off the bench against Rotherham United, Adryan started nine of the next 10 Championship matches, providing two assists in that time.
But in what has clearly become a season of two halves, the youngster has enjoyed just 10 minutes of first-team action in the last nine Championship games, instead returning to the under-21s where he has already been blooded once before.
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So far this season the Leeds midfielder has a passing accuracy of 80 per cent - which is impressive for one so young coming into a new club and a new country but only with time and regular outings will he be able to add consistency in other areas.
He has played 12 key passes this season, while he has only seen 25 per cent of his shots find the target, while his 35 dribbles and 38 duels illustrate a player who is confident on the ball and not afraid to go at an opponent time and again.
As long as Leeds are winning – as they have done in four of their last five matches – Adryan’s absence is more a debate for those who favour the diminutive showman than a desperate call for a change in thinking. But here at HITC we get a number of reader comments about Leeds’ Brazilian and below you can read some of the latest:
Leeds_Lad wrote: ‘With our lack of striking ability, and Adryan's flair to create something out of nothing, surely he is worth a place on the bench. We are again in danger of losing a talented player by pushing him out of the door.....remember Catona?’
Tony wrote: ‘Adryan is clearly a talented kid, and he has shown glimpses of his quality for us, but that's just it, only glimpses. Redfearn can't be expected to put players in his team if they don't consistently deliver.
As he's shown with the likes of Morison and Murphy in recent times, and in others with Cooper, Mowatt, Cook, Taylor, etc... Neil will give you your chance if performances (in and outside of training) are good enough and your attitude and work rate are where they should be.’
Malta White wrote: ‘He has shown glimpses of talent but the most memorable thing he has done in the first team is a salmon impersonation. Maybe he needs to show more in training than he currently is. I'm not Redfearn's biggest fan but he does pick players on merit and not reputations.’
Wise Old Owl said: ‘Adryan should be in team who else do we have who can open up the play as he can?’
JDC wrote: ‘If Adryan had been one of the young players Neil Redfearn had coached through the academy, the least he could expect would be a place on the bench, and at best, a place in the starting 11. The only thing the current set up is missing is a bit of flair. Try a 3-5-2 formation with either Adryan or Brian Montenegro as the floating striker, with the other on the bench.’