Leeds pin hopes on Adryan

LEEDS UNITED head coach Neil Redfearn plans to pin his colours to Adryan and give him free reign this season, admitting the Brazilian’s flair will be central to the club’s results.

Adryan takes on Blackburn Rovers' Lee Williamson.

Redfearn highlighted the increasing influence of Adryan at Elland Road and said the 20-year-old deserved licence to attack at will in the Championship after his recent performances.

Adryan’s impact has increased gradually since a belated debut away at Rotherham United last month and he turned in his most convincing display yet during a narrow defeat at Blackburn Rovers seven days ago.

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The midfielder took more than a month to fight his way into the first team following his move to Leeds on a season-long loan from Flamengo but he has established himself over the past six weeks and will start for the sixth game running at home to Derby County today.

Redfearn, who is using Adryan behind a frontline of strikers Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, said: “He’s more aware of where to go and where to receive the ball now. We need to get him in between the lines and shake him free.

“That’s down to other people’s movement. We’ve got to let him have that little bit of sugar and let him go and attack. If we do that then he’ll work the rest out – how to go past people, how to link in.

“The strikers’ movement when he gets free is important. If we can get Mirco and Souley down the sides of defenders then we’ll be dangerous. But Adryan’s done really well so far. His attitude’s good and he’s a driven boy.”

United owner Massimo Cellino worked relentless on a deal for Adryan in the summer, persuading Flamengo to cancel a previous loan at Cagliari and send him to Elland Road instead.

Leeds have an option allowing them to sign Adryan permanently for around £3m next summer, an option which the club are highly likely to take up if his form continues to impress.

The youngster has the reputation of a prodigious talent who lost his way in Brazil but he has already alleviated doubts about how he would cope in the Championship.

“He mixes it,” Redfearn said. “Particularly in the first half against Blackburn, he was instrumental in the good things we did.

“It’s now just about understanding how to get him on the ball.

“In this country with a number 10 usually the opposition stick somebody in there with them but the more we work with him, the more he’ll create and score himself.”