Adryan has made just one appearance in 2015 for Leeds United.
Overall, the Brazilian playmaker has made 13 appearances for the Whites since joining on loan in the summer, and he explained to the Yorkshire Evening Post why he has not been playing.
The youngster said: “The coaches, they just say ‘keep going, keep training and doing good. Don’t stop. Now you’re seeing how English football is different to Brazil, with not so much time on the ball.'”
Having impressed in the appearances made prior to the turn of the year, the 20-year-old on loan from Flamengo in his homeland has since been relegated to the Under-21 team. He clearly has no problems with his fitness, and, judging by what the Whites coaches have told him, it is all down to coming to terms with competitive English football.
However, the excuse given to Adryan by the coaches makes no sense, as the level of football being played will do little to adapt the youngster to England.
He is playing for the Under-21’s to prepare him for Championship action, but the action faced for the youth team will do little to prepare him for the physical action displayed in the second tier.
He is playing against people younger and less talented than him, and is excelling. However, he needs to be playing tougher competition to improve, and if he remains in the Under-21’s for the remainder of the season it could be considered a wasted year for Adryan.
Foreign players are often not judged until their second season in England, due to the need to come to terms with the different style of play, but they are afforded numerous chances to impress in first-team action. Adryan has not been afforded such chances, and has been relegated due to his differences with the division - despite his clear talent.
The coaches at Elland Road may have their reasons for Adryan missing out on competitive first-team action for Leeds, but the excuses they have told the youngster do not ring true. If he is not afforded chances before the end of the season, the playmaker may decide to turn down a permanent transfer to Yorkshire, and the Whites will miss out on one of the most promising players in the entire Championship.