A former Leeds United player is looking ahead to the next stage of his career.
The young Brazilian signed for Leeds on loan from Flamengo last summer but despite a big reputation and a promising start – when he finally get on the pitch, that is – he rarely featured in the latter stages of the campaign, ending the season with just 13 appearances in all competitions.
It has since been confirmed that the attacking midfielder will spend next season on loan at Nantes and he is clearly excited about the next stage in his career.
“I’m very happy to be here,” the 20-year-old told fcnantes.com. “My dream has always been to play in Europe and I have that chance today. I’m going to seize this opportunity.”
Nantes finished last season 14th in Ligue 1 and it will be interesting to see how Adryan performs in the top tier of French football.
He showed glimpses of what he is capable of while at Leeds and some of the club’s fans feel he was overlooked too soon, in favour of a different style; although it was one that ultimately ensured their comfortable survival in the Championship.
Still young enough to learn and improve, it could well be that Adryan takes his time at Leeds and uses it as a catalyst for better things.
His statement upon moving to Nantes certainly suggests that he wants to prove his critics wrong, with the idea of seizing the opportunity and following his dream reason enough for his fans to get excited once again.
The problem is: If his latest dream turns sour, much as his loan move to Leeds did surprisingly quickly, then this highly-rated player could soon see his reputation slip.
In short, next season could be make-or-break for Adryan at least in terms of whether or not he can cut it in Europe.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements in the Championship, Ligue 1 could yet be the making of him, but he needs to ensure it is not a case of style over substance, because for all the tricks in the world, the key is winning matches, and that is why Nantes will have brought him in.