By Alex Stevens
Neil Redfearn has hailed Ronaldo Vieira for the excellence of his midfield performance in Leeds’ win over Wolves on Saturday.
The Elland Road academy product, 18, was recalled to the team and thrived in a central midfield three alongside Eunan O’Kane and fellow Leeds rising star Kalvin Phillips.
Garry Monk’s side beat Wolves 1-0 at Molineux to bounce back from a disappointing two games and move three points shy of a top-six spot in the process.
It was Vieira’s first Championship start in over a month and former Leeds manager Redfearn was impressed with the teenager’s display
He told TV Yorkshire: “I thought that shape suited Leeds. Eunan O’Kane sat in there and used all of his experience to pull the two younger players around and use their legs.
“Vieira played a big part in that [the win]. His passing, particularly in the first half in tight areas, was excellent. He got Leeds out of trouble quite a few times.”
Leeds were good value for what was a landmark away win at Molineux Stadium as they secured their fifth win from eight league matches.
It was especially notable as Pablo Hernandez was absent with a dead leg sustained in the 1-1 draw against Wigan last Tuesday night.
Forward Kemar Roofe netted the decisive goal in the 70th minute after he converted a pass from team-mate Hadi Sacko.
The result leaves Garry Monk’s side 10th in the Championship table and they are now just three points adrift of the play-off positions.
In other Leeds team news, their midfielder has revealed that he held talks with Monk.