Why Adryan's recent comments should interest Leeds United fans

Adryan

Former Leeds United loanee Adryan is thriving in France.. playing on the left wing.

Souleymane Doukara's recent emergence as a vital first team player has illustrated former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn did not make all the right calls last season.

Doukara was ostracised from the first team and sent to the under-21s, along with Brazilian loanee Adryan, who Redfearn felt was not good enough for the Championship.

Leeds decided not to pay to sign the Flamengo man in the summer, and he ended up moving on loan to Nantes in France instead.

After a tough start for the Ligue 1 side, they stuck with him, and are now reaping the rewards.

Adryan has been a vital player since the turn of the year, and produced a man-of-the-match performance against Ajaccio this week, scoring once, and completing 93 per cent of his passes.

So what has gone right for the Brazilian which went wrong at Leeds? 

In the words of Adryan himself, from an interview with Globo Esporte, his success with Nantes is down to three factors, regular football and the position he is playing in, and gym work.

He has been switched from playing centrally behind the striker, and moved out to the left wing.

It is here he played in midweek, and from where he has netted his four goals in 14 games this season for the club, also providing two assists.

He said: "I prefer to play on the left side because I have more space to express myself. 

"When I get the ball in that position, I do not necessarily have a defender on his back. So, I can put myself in the direction of the game, dribble or get me back on my right foot to shoot."

He added that he has been working on building muscle in his legs to improve his fitness, and believes it has paid off.

Last season at Leeds, the club were crying out for a player to feature on the left wing, and even resorted to playing full-back Charlie Taylor there, while Adryan was left to stew in the under-21s.

Adryan added that he was just delighted to be playing regularly, describing Nantes as a 'perfect club' for him, and is hoping to sign permanently.

The attacker is still just 21-years-old, and if he continues his superb form, Leeds might begin to regret passing up on him, and failing to give him the chance he is getting in France.

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