Agent of Leeds United loanee Adryan suggests why he struggled in England

Adryan

Adryan failed to live up to his great reputation at Leeds United.

Speaking to TMW, Adryan’s agent has suggested that the 20-year-old playmaker struggled in England as he thought it would be easy to adapt to the new style of football.

The agent said: “Definitely from him we expected more from the perspective of mental adaptation to European football. He was a leader of Brazil's youth and perhaps thought he would easily stand out in Italy and England.”

The comments suggest Adryan struggled at Elland Road, as well as in a loan spell with Cagliari, due to his ego and belief in his own abilities.

Rather than working hard to earn his place in the team, the youngster believed that his own ability and reputation - a 17 capped Brazilian youth international - was enough to easily adapt to the rigours of English football - and the Championship specifically.

The youngster also struggled during a loan spell with Massimo Cellino’s Cagliari in the 2013/14 season - making five appearances before totalling just two assists in 13 games for the Whites.

Much of the season was spent in the reserve teams at Elland Road, and after making a 16 minute cameo in the 3-2 loss to Watford in February, he failed to appear again for the remainder of the campaign, selected in the matchday squad just once.

Clearly Adryan had issues with adapting to the Championship, and it could be excused if he was making an active attempt at improving. However, judging by his agent, the youngster thought he was good enough to make an impact in England due to his reputation, and that has surely written off a potential return to Leeds this summer.

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