Is this the best chance for Adryan at Leeds United?

Adryan

Is Adryan's time about to come at Leeds United?

Brazilian attacker Adryan has had an underwhelming 2015 since his form tailed off at the end of last year, having to spend the majority of the season on the sidelines.

He finally got a kick, although not many, at the weekend when brought on as a substitute against Watford, managing 17 touches in as many minutes.

It was at least progress for the attacker, who at 20-years-old, is on a season long loan from Flamengo and has been desperate to impress.

Now and injury for to the man he replaced against the Hornets has perhaps granted him his best chance of a start, and even a run in the side.

Rodolph Austin was substituted after 73 minutes and went straight down the tunnel, and Leeds confirmed on their official website on Tuesday that the Jamaican international faces a spell on the sidelines of two to three weeks out.

This leaves head coach Neil Redfearn with a bit of a dilemma as to how he replaces the in-form midfielder, with a lack of options on a bench which has recently had as many as four strikers on it.

Granddi Ngoyi remains injured for now, while Casper Sloth has failed to shine in the chances he has had this season. Alternatives include bringing Alex Mowatt inside and finding a stop gap solution on the left wing, perhaps youngster Lewis Walters, or using Souleymane Doukara or Billy Sharp in an attacking midfield role.

Adryan is the most natural fit for the position, but he is a vastly different player in build and style to Rodolph Austin, and this could negatively impact Redfearn's game plan.

The youngster will feel he is owed a chance however, and while Austin is out, this could be his best opportunity to get back into the first team, stake his claim, and show that he can cope with Championship football.

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