“It Only Takes a Minute” – Tavares Graham Smeaton September 8, 2014 Leeds United 24 Comments The only Tavares I knew were the US R&B/Disco group who sang ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ and appeared on Saturday Night Fever singing the Bee Gees classic ‘More than a Woman’. Now there’s a new Tavares in town; Adryan Oliveira Tavares to be precise and he’s just completed his first appearance in the white of Leeds United, notching up around 80 minutes in a 3-2 loss whilst playing for the U21 team against Ipswich. A lot has been made of the fact that Leeds have signed Adryan on a season long loan-to-buy from Flamengo. Every play-making midfield player from this illustrious Brazilian club is undoubtedly compared to their most famous son Zico; something that Adryan has battled with ever since breaking in to the Flamengo side as a 17 year old. I discuss Adryan in detail elsewhere but it is in this forum that I want to track his appearances for Leeds through the 2014/15 season. I mean, it’s not every season that a Leeds supporter actually gets a chance to be excited about the arrival of a Brazilian termed a “wonderkid” during the early part of his fledgling career when he first burst onto the footballing scene. So, nigh on 80 minutes in the #8 shirt and what do we know about him now. Well, without actually seeing him ‘in the flesh’, very little really. The report of the game on the Official Leeds United website uses phrases to describe Adryan’s input such as “Adryan looked to thread Dawson through on goal”, “after more good build-up play from Adryan” and “an inviting Adryan corner”. On LUTV caretaker-Coach Redfearn said [of Adryan], “He’s done alright, yeah. He showed little glimpses of magic, little glimpses of skill and ability and turn of pace every now and again when he tried to leave people.” In Redders’ statement there are things mentioned that have been largely lacking from the Leeds’ midfield this season: magic, skill, ability and turn of pace. Of course, this doesn’t discount the improvements in the last game (against Bolton) where Leeds’ middle 4 looked a lot more solid and possessed a little more craft. It will be interesting to see if Adryan does get some game time against Birmingham at the weekend and, paraphrasing the words of Tavares, that it ‘Only Takes 90 minutes’ to give the Brummies a Saturday Night Fever that will get Leeds’ fans purring with delight at the exploits of the best Samba star to land in LS11 since the heady days of Roque Junior.