Leeds United have been known for their tendency to bring in their fair share of extravagant signings over the years.
Whereas Tony Yeboah and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink went on to achieve cult status at Elland Road, the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Roque Junior have failed to hit the mark.
Unfortunately for Adryan, he falls into the same category of the latter duo rather than former. Arriving amidst a wave of excitement amongst Whites fans from Flamengo in 2014, the midfielder had all the hallmarks needed to become a hero in West Yorkshire.
An incredibly talented player who had represented Brazil at under-17 and under-20 level, Adryan initially made a bright start to life in England, providing two assists in his first five appearances. However, things soon started to spiral for the 24-year-old as a number of ineffective performances eventually led to Neil Redfearn dropping him from the starting eleven.
Although he would make cameo appearances for the Whites in defeats against Derby County and Watford, it was clear that the midfielder did not have a future at the club. Therefore, it was of no surprise that at the end of the campaign, Leeds opted not to sign him on a permanent deal which they could have for a fee believed to be in the region of £3m (via the Yorkshire Evening Post).
With his confidence clearly knocked by his poor stint in England, Adryan experienced another underwhelming loan spell with Ligue 1 side Nantes before permanently leaving Flamengo in 2017 to join Swiss side FC Sion where he has experienced somewhat of a resurgence over the last two years. Despite suffering several injuries during debut season with the club, he still managed to score seven goals and provide two assists for his team-mates in just 17 appearances, a level of performance which he has continued to produce during the current campaign.
Although he has once again spent time on the sidelines for Sion, he marked his latest comeback for with an important goal against FC Lugano on Saturday which secured a point for his side which kept them in the Europa League places in the Swiss Super League.
Whereas the Brazilian hasn’t lived up to the initial expectations that had surrounded him when he was a teenager, the fact that he is still showing glimmers of his talent in mainland Europe suggests that he could still end up playing at a higher level in the future if he stays injury-free.
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