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Nantes president defends Adryan after slow start

Last season's big name loanee at Leeds United, Adryan is struggling to get going in Ligue 1.

It is approaching a year ago since Brazilian attacker Adryan made his debut for Leeds United.

The prospect was on loan from Flamengo with a big reputation, and was finally given a chance on October 17 as a substitute against Rotherham.

He went onto win a starting place and look impressive, before his form fizzled out, and he spent the second half of the season on the bench or in the under-21s.

On the face of it, he has since progressed, swapping the Championship for a place in France's Ligue 1.

He is currently on loan with Nantes, who have had a slow start to the season, sitting 15th in the division.

Adryan has struggled to make an early impact, playing in four of eight games, with no goals or assists so far - and one red card.

He has not featured since being dismissed in early September, serving a suspension, and heads into the international break low on match practice.

Nantes president Waldemar Kita still believes in him, telling Ouest-France (reported by Maxifoot) that he offers an alternative option and can still be important.

He said: "We take these kind of players because of their difference, not to make them play like you have to play in France.  

"Today, I'm told Adryan does not have the strength ... But football, it is not just physical strength! He has technical qualities we do not have here,."

Adryan is a player who needs somebody to believe in him, and Kita's comments will be welcome.

Yet he cannot live off potential forever, and needs to step up and produce at some stage this season if he is to get another top flight chance in a European league as he has with Nantes this campaign.

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