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There was a time when waiting so long in Leeds for a Brazilian referred to a waiting list at the beauty salon for a ‘downstairs trim’. Not so now, there’s a new Brazilian in town and the waiting is finally over; Adryan Oliveira Tavares has made his first team debut. Leeds fans in general, some on a Facebook group I’m a member of in particular, have been fervently following his limited exposure in U21 Development Squad games and some have been drooling, nay salivating about his ‘skills’ and ‘quick feet’. I’ll admit, I am cautious by nature and sceptical by outlook and I wanted to reserve my judgment until we’d actually seen him in action in a Championship game. Now we have, what has he shown us; was the wait worthwhile?

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Video of Adryan’s debut

First off, it was an encouraging 28 minutes where Adryan showed some enterprise that was sadly lacking amongst the Leeds United players in the second half. Adryan showed a willingness to run at the opposition and had 3 dribbles (12.5% of Leeds’ total of 24 dribbles); what is also encouraging is that all of these dribbles resulted in 3 shots at goal (20% of Leeds’ total of 15 shots) and 1 of these 3 shots was on target (25% of Leeds’ total of 4 shots on target). During these 3 dribbles, Adryan showed not only quickness of feet but also tenacity and balance to drive through and away from defenders and, in doing so, creating space for shooting opportunities. His fleetness of foot seemed to scare the Rotherham defenders and his acceleration allowed him to move away from the initial contact with some ease. This is something that Leeds fans have been calling out for, a midfield player who successfully runs at defenders and who shoots at goal.

Adryan’s shooting vs. Rotherham

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Passing-wise, his accuracy was low at 67% but out of his 10 passing attempts (excluding one headed pass and discounting playing the ball from the centre circle), all passing attempts were in the opposition half and the majority of these around the fringes of the Rotherham box. His pass length was also short at 10 metres showing that he prefers the shorter, more incisive passes and of his 9 passing attempts, 8 (89%) were in a forward direction from where the ball was received.

Adryan’s passing vs. Rotherham

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So, Adryan has appeared in a Leeds United kit for the first time in the Championship, the hype has become reality. It may only be 28 minutes but it was a largely positive 28 minutes. If Darko Milanic continues to play the ‘diamond four’ in midfield, surely Adryan has staked a decent claim for more involvement at the head of said formation. Tuesday’s game against the Canaries might be another cameo performance before Milanic decides whether or not to throw him to the Wolves come Saturday at Elland Road.

 

  • henrymouni

    Class player.
    Positive player who demands the ball.
    Head of the diamond sounds good me too.
    I’d like to see Antenucci taking all the free kicks outside the box, NOT Rudy!!!
    I’d start Morison up front with Antenucci.
    Were were bullied out of the Rotherham game.

    • Graham

      Bullied out of the second half agreed – thought we had them at half time. Rudy should only take free kicks when Ken Bates is spotted in Row Z. I was quietly impressed at Adryan’s willingness to run with the ball and scare the living bejeesus out of Second Division defenders…

      • Irving08

        Shouldn’t Rudy too be in Row Z.

        • John

          Rudy was one of our best players in the first half

          • Graham

            Nobody was in the second half though

    • Tyler75

      If Adryan’s on the field – safe bet it will be either him or Bellusci taking free-kicks.

  • Irving08

    If Adryan plays, so should Dawson, who according to Redfearn was the game’s outstanding player, when he and the Brazilian recently together. If Milanic wants to keep his job, he will play them in the same game, though not necessarily together for the full 90 minutes.

    • Irving08

      Oops played. Mind after Milanic’s post-match comments, I’m not sure anyone can save him.

    • Graham

      I agree too – Dawson needs to be blooded at some point; I mean if Murphy deserves a chance too.

      • henrymouni

        Dawson is a class player, and I’m sure he will get his chance.
        The biggest problem is that our midfield has a lot of young, inexperienced players already, in a physically tough league.

        • George Best ate my Hampster

          True but weve played the experienced players, it has not worked and they are not the future. I think they (adryan and Dawson) both work well together and Leeds need that kind of player to make the diamond work. We should play them both behind a striker but I just cant see Milanic or Cellino having that kind of vision. I imagine he will be sold in the summer for a quick 50 grand $ ……Our loss someone elses gain

        • Irving08

          The chance has to be now – we need to see all our young players in order to decide upon whom in the long run to put our money. For example, whilst I am sure we all admire Mowatt’s skill with his left foot, together with his exemplary attitude, there must be reservations about his ability in tight situations, not to speak of his mobility and stamina (naturally I would love to see him flourish).

  • Soapy

    Impressive championship debut by Adryan, surely Milanic has to give him more game time from now on. We deserved what we got on Friday for Milanic`s over defensive tactics as we had them by the short n curly`s at half time but allowed them too much time and space in the 2nd by standing off which flattered them.

    Milanic needs to wise up soon and see the obvious or walk on, he says we were beaten by a special talent which is absolute tosh, we were beaten by his poor tactics, decisions.

    • George Best ate my Hampster

      Yes one down (adryan) and two more to go (Dawson & Montenegro) We should start chanting Dawsons name every game to make a point

    • Graham

      Beaten because we stood off them for 45 minutes and allowed them onto us.

      • PMH

        Exactly. This has been the signature trait for this team all season. Darko did not cause this problem, but he does have to fix it. When you back off you make the opposition feel like world class footballers, and that gives them a confidence boost. I have said before that the team has to draw a line in the sand at the point that it makes sense to press the opposition ball holders. Where that should be will depend on the situation and opposition, but it cannot be at your own penalty box.

        • henrymouni

          Excellent point PMH.
          Because we do this the opposition, have plenty of time to centre the ball unhindered.
          Against Rotherham they rained crosses into our box because we allowed them to run to the edge of our box without any real tackling.

          • Graham

            Their blonde-haired lad (name slips by me) had already created 35 chances/shooting opportunities this season as well…]

    • Irving08

      Agreed on M. He looks and talks too fearful for comfort. Mind, wears a suit well.

    • Conceived-a-White

      Redfearn 10 points from 12. Milanic 2 points from 12. WTF has he done to our team already?

  • bruxe

    The whole crux of what I’m reading simply reiterates that we are a team very much in transit. The right blend, the perfect combination is yet to be realised BUT all the elements, all the talents all the passion are there. Great teams are not thrown together, the best players in the world are not just individuals they need support and creativity. Milanic must be given a fair and decent chance to show if he has the ability and know how to do this. If the players don’t know where they stand due to unrest and uncertainty, which in turn leads to low morale and bad performances they will want out.
    The best teams in the world get beaten for many reasons, spoiling tactics, sucker punches, flukes, or maybe just a bad day at the office. Apply todays principles to football 40 years ago and Revie could have been sweating for his job. If MC knew very little about English football when he came, he does now. The more he learns the better. We are not Premiere material and I don’t think we will be this season, not as we are but we will get there.MOT

  • Chris7286

    Does anyone know what Lewis Cook was spitting his dummy out about when he was brought off? Looked like he wasn’t happy with someone and I hoped it wasn’t something pathetic like Adryan not clapping his hands on the way off. Camera either missed it or i wasn’t watching :-/

  • oldschoolbaby

    Darko has been given a new train set and he`s spending a disconcertingly long time looking at the box. Because of the ill thought out pre – season, huge influx of players and the Hockaday experiment we are still a long way from determining our 1st XI. That cannot be Darko`s fault so he really should have the courage to get a selection of trains on the track to measure their performance.
    A hell of a lot of current professional footballers would win gold medals if they were transported back through time to the track finals in a post war Olympics. Mowatt wouldn`t and that will always be a problem for him. He has special vision though and his execution, occasionally exceptional already, is improving. We need to persevere with him.
    Morrison looks disinterested to me especially in comparison to the Italian contingent, who do look genuinely delighted to pull on the shirt. He can go.

  • Tyler75

    I thought Adryan looked really exciting; Rotherham look terrified every time he got the ball – he should be starting games now. Defensively, when its likely that we are going to be playing a team who have a direct, over-physical approach – particularly away from home – there must be case for playing Cooper alongside Pearce or both with Bellusci in a 3.

    • Dr Zen

      Please no. It’s not a solution for having bad defenders to play three of them. That can only be done as part of a broader tactical approach.

  • Tyler75

    Another thought – Beradi looks a decent footballer but his tendency to stand-off wingers/wide men causes untold grief – Byram’s pace and ability to make wingers defend has got to be the better option

  • NottsWhite

    Darko needs to practice what he originally preached with regards to attacking football. Possession football is fine but it is being played too deep to provide a threat to the opposition. A strong counter attacking style requires quick distribution and fast support from midfield. Currently the midfield do not (due to defensive approach) or cannot support the attack (lack of mobility).

  • spellz

    Same lad, same position from start of the game this time, Adryan showed real class with his touches and movement and will be the attacking threat we have missing atm.

    M.O.T AA.

  • Dr Zen

    One thing I’ll never understand is how you can have passing accuracy of 67% out of 10 passes.

    One of them *almost* got to another Leeds player? Or just bad stats?

    • Graham

      Rounding up I believe…

  • Dr Zen

    If we play a diamond, Adryan probably has no position unless we line up with him playing off Antenucci. I don’t think that kind of lineup makes tactical sense (better to play 4231, with two centre mids who tend to hold and two attacking midfielders who tend to provide width).

    • Irving08

      Too defensive – what is the point of the 2.

    • henrymouni

      Our troubles seem to stem from the diamond.
      Against 4-4-2 we are overrun out wide by wingers and full backs.