ANDY Ritchie believes Neil Redfearn is wise in taking a patient approach with Adryan, admitting throwing the Brazilian into a relegation battle could be folly.
Flair player Adryan has previously been labelled ‘the new Kaka’ but the 20-year-old has not featured for Leeds since the 1-0 FA Cup loss at Sunderland on January 4.
There were calls for the loanee South American to be brought back into the side after last weekend’s 1-0 loss at home to Brentford, but Adryan again did not even make the bench as United bounced back with Tuesday night’s fine 2-0 win at Reading.
The Whites are now five points clear of the Championship drop zone but Saturday’s hosting of Millwall remains a key game in the club’s relegation battle and Ritchie believes
Adryan would be best re-introduced if and when the Whites are safe.
Former Whites striker Ritchie reasoned: “I think at the moment, and I am not becrying the lad because he has got a lot of talent, but can you afford to fit what I would call maybe a flair into the side that needs to battle for every single point and challenge?
“I think probably not at the minute.
“He has got to learn his trade and earn his place in the side and I would say that at the moment they need everybody to be a real battler.
“I’m not saying that he won’t work hard but I would think that just at the moment, it’s probably not the right time to chuck him in.
“When you are safe, when everything is rosy in the garden, put him on and give him his chance towards the end of the season and see how he can handle it.
“Then take him into the next season and work him up from there.”