Do Adryan, Bamba and five other loanees have a future at Leeds?


Leeds United have decisions to make over the future of seven loan players.

Leeds United couldn't avoid a second straight defeat on Saturday, losing 3-2 to promotion-chasing Watford at Elland Road - despite being 2-0 up inside 20 minutes.

The defeat took Leeds back down into 16th place in the Championship table, which leaves them ten points above the drop zone and 19 points off the playoffs.

It's fair safe to say that Leeds aren't going up and aren't going down, so planning may well begin for next season's campaign.

Whilst much of the focus will be on keeping hold of talented young trio Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, Leeds also have big decisions to make over the futures of seven loan players.

With their loan deals close to expiring, here is an assessment of each player and how likely they are to stay at Elland Road...

Sol BambaBamba joined on loan from Palermo in January, and has already helped Leeds solidify their defence with a number of impressive displays. Tutto Mercato Web recently reported that Leeds wanted to make his move a permanent one, and whilst that would be a great move based on his performances so far, his display against Watford on Saturday has raised question marks over his ability - so what was once a formality may now need to be analysed in the coming weeks.

Granddi NgoyiThe powerful holding midfielder also joined from Palermo alongside Bamba, but has yet to even kick a ball for Leeds having suffered a thigh injury. With the likes of Cook, Casper Sloth, Luke Murphy and Rudolph Austin all vying for places in midfield and Tommaso Bianchi back from injury next season, Ngoyi has very little time to make an impact under Neil Redfearn and earn a permanent move - so right now, a long-term stay for Ngoyi looks unlikely, but he has the chance to impress once he regains fitness, which could alter the situation drastically.

Adryan: A fan favourite, the Brazilian playmaker has shown glimpses of his quality this season but has failed to establish himself under Redfearn. At just 20, Adryan may just need time to adjust to the rough and tumble of the Championship, but having played only 78 minutes since the turn of the year, his chances of earning a permanent move from Flamengo don't look good right now.

Edgar Cani: A giant target man, Cani has made very little impact since joining on loan from Catania on deadline day. The Albanian international has been limited to cameo appearances as Redfearn prefers to use the likes of Steve Morison and Billy Sharp in attack. With Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara also at the club, Cani needs to use the final weeks of the season to really stake a claim for a long-term stay at Elland Road after a quiet start to life in English football.

The futures of young trio Dario del Fabro, Zan Benedicic and Brian Montenegro are also up in the air. None of them have been regulars this season, with just 179 minutes of first team action between them this season.

The three youngsters have mostly been playing in the Under-21 side this season, so Leeds may choose to take gambles on them as players for the future rather than immediate contributors.

Leeds have put a lot of faith in the loan market this year, but it's unclear how many will be staying long-term. Bamba still looks a good bet to sign permanently even after his poor performance against Watford, but the likes of Adryan, Cani and Ngoyi are playing for their Leeds futures in the coming weeks as Redfearn and sporting director Nicola Salerno begin to plan for next season.

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