By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted with delight on Twitter after teen prodigy Ronaldo Vieira was named in Garry Monk’s starting 11 to face QPR.
The former Benfica midfielder has impressed throughout pre-season, most recently picking up the man of the match award as the Whites produced an impressive victory against Serie A side Atalanta.
Vieira is handed his first start for the Championship giants after making just one substitute appearance to date, which came against Preston in May 2016.
The 18-year-old has certainly not gone unnoticed during his short stay at Leeds so far, partly because of his impressive performances for the youth side and also his eye-catching name.
Here are a selection of the Twitter messages from Leeds fans after learning that the Guinea-Bissau born midfielder was starting the team’s Championship curtainraiser.
Ronaldo Vieira is starting oh my god
— sam (@allhypenohart) August 7, 2016
Name like Ronaldo Vieira he's going to be class ⚽️ #lufc
— Jordan Gorman (@J_Gorman93) August 7, 2016
Ronaldo Vieira hat-trick today #lufc
— Josh Akers (@joshakers93) August 7, 2016
— Mark Adams ⚽ ⛳ (@maccathebomb) August 7, 2016
— Dan Waters (@LufcDaniel) August 7, 2016
Would love Ronaldo Vieira to smash it today #lufc
— Dec Kissane (@DecKissane) August 7, 2016
Ronaldo Vieira starts, just give Leeds the trophy. #lufc
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) August 7, 2016
— Julie Dawn Martin (@JoolsM71) August 7, 2016
Vieira starts in what is Garry Monk’s first competitive game in charge of the Yorkshire based side, as the Whites travel to Loftus Road.
Elsewhere, Monk has handed four new signing debuts but Pablo Hernandez misses as he hasn’t yet received international clearance. New attackers Hadi Sacko and Marcus Antonsson also miss out, having to settle for a place on the bench.
In other Leeds team news, this is the confirmed Whites’ starting line-up to face the Londoners.