BRAZILIAN playmaker Adryan is in new Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic’s thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 20-year-old arrived at Elland Road on loan from Flamenco amid much fanfare shortly before the summer transfer window closed.
Strenuous efforts were made to push through a deal that also sees Leeds able to make his capture permanent at the end of the season for around £2.5m.
Despite that, Adryan, who has represented Brazil at Under-20s level, has yet to feature in the first team with his only involvement in a United shirt being with the Under-21s development squad.
Milanic said: “Adryan played on Monday (against QPR) with the Under-21 team in their championship and he did very well.
“That means he is ready. He played well. I saw him for the first time and I will think about him.”
Tomorrow will see Milanic go for a first win of his reign at the third attempt and the new head coach saw plenty against Reading to encourage him in Wednesday’s goalless draw.
He said: “Against Reading it was better (than in last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford), much better.
“But, like our fans, I want the team to create chances, to play forward and have tempo. But we need to be calm, too.”
Meanwhile, United president Massimo Cellino’s trial over a second Italian tax evasion charge has been delayed until October 22.
The case – in which the Italian is accused of failing to pay around £65,000 of import duty owed on a private yacht called ‘Lucky 23’ – was adjourned until later this month at a court hearing in Cagliari yesterday.
Cellino was previously found guilty of avoiding almost £400,000 of tax due on a different boat named ‘Nelie’. He is appealing against that conviction.