By Harvey Byrne
Ronaldo Vieira has revealed that Garry Monk’s message to be brave on the ball inspired his man-of-the-match display for Leeds in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Atalanta.
The 18-year-old midfielder has featured heavily during this summer’s pre-season fixtures after making his debut as a late substitute on the final day of last season against Preston.
The young star played 82 minutes and caught the eye on Saturday as the Whites beat the Serie A side, and the young midfielder hopes to remain in contention for the Yorkshire giants’ Championship campaign when they kick off against QPR on Saturday.
“I was over the moon to get man of the match in my first game with the first team at Elland Road,” Vieira said to the club’s official website.
“Right now, I’ve been with the first-team throughout pre-season and I want to stay here with them. We’ll see how it goes.
“It’s a young squad but they’re all behind you and they don’t complain when you make a mistake.
“I gave the ball away on Saturday and they ended up scoring, but everyone said ‘Head up Ronnie, keep going’. That’s good for the team.
“The gaffer tells us to be brave. I gave the ball away but I kept my head up and kept going. I had to forget about it and do better.”
Vieira initially joined the Yorkshire giants on scholarship terms after arriving from York’s i2i Football Academy in 2015.
The 18-year-old Academy star penned a two-year professional deal with the club on 5 May this year.
The Whites are looking for a new midfielder after star-man Lewis Cook left for Bournemouth this summer, while a move for Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt has also been discussed this summer.
In the latest Leeds team news, Garry Monk has said that he wants his side to be better on the ball.