Neil Redfearn has hinted that Brazilian ace Adryan will be named on the bench again tomorrow, claiming the “penny is starting to drop” with the Brazilian as he fights to establish himself at Leeds United.
Redfearn praised Adryan for “putting in the hard yards” and said he recalled the 20-year-old to his 18-man squad against Millwall “on merit” last weekend after an improved effort in training.
Adryan has been a peripheral figure at Leeds during the second half of this season, despite his profile and high expectations of him, and he sat as an unused substitute during Leeds’ 1-0 win over Millwall.
Redfearn fielded him in a development-squad game against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday afternoon and Adryan’s 90-minute appearance should keep him involved against Middlesbrough this weekend.
“Adryan was on the bench for the Millwall game and he got there on merit because he did the hard yards,” Redfearn said.
“He’s worked hard in training, he’s applied himself much better and I think the penny’s starting to drop.
“Allied to the obvious ability he’s got, he’s putting a shift in and that’s all you’re asking.”
Adryan last played for Leeds in their FA Cup defeat at Sunderland on January 4 and he has not started a league game since the club’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest before Christmas.
Summer signing Souleymane Doukara also drifted from Redfearn’s plans last month but United’s head coach said: “He’s looked brighter in training too.
“If they’re prepared to put a shift in, they’ll get a chance.”