Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has selected five candidates for the club’s 2014-15 Young Player of the Year award, as announced on the Whites’ official website today.
All the five candidates are aged 21 or above, and it will now be up to the Leeds fans to vote and select the best young player.
The five candidates are: Alex Mowatt, Adryan, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram.
Mowatt is arguably the favourite to win the award. The 20-year-old has not only been one of the best footballers for Leeds this season, but he is also one of the most talented young players in the Championship.
Cook’s inclusion is also hardly a surprise, while the way in which Taylor has cemented his place in the team in recent weeks and the manner in which Byram has become versatile make them suitable candidates.
Adryan, though, is someone who probably should not be on the list. There is no doubt about the talent the Brazilian youngster has got, but he has simply not done enough to be considered for the ‘Young Player of the Year’ award.
Signed on a season-long loan deal from Flamengo in the summer of 2014, Adryan was expected to light the Championship on fire, but he has been largely a disappointment.
True, the Brazilian is only 20 years of age and he could be a victim of the hype that surrounded his arrival, but the fact that he has been playing in the Under-21 side in recent weeks shows his lack of progress - it is almost a demotion.
The youngster was signed to be part of the Leeds first team, but his last appearance for the Whites came back in February, having also struggled with fitness issues at the start of the campaign.
Adryan has been able to make only 12 appearances in the Championship so far this season, creating 12 chances and having a pass accuracy of 80% in the process.
The Brazilian attacker has won just six of the 22 tackles he has attempted and 16 of the 35 dribbles he has tried.