By Dominic Toner
Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira has revealed his shock at the amount of action he has had in the first team.
The 18-year-old midfielder has become an important member of Garry Monk’s squad and has made 13 appearances in all competitions.
He scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against Norwich, with a dramatic 25-yard strike in stoppage time to clinch a 3-2 victory.
The teenager was used as a second-half substitute by Monk and made a huge impact.
Vieira has been surprised at how much first-team action he’s had this season, and has said he’s happy coming off the bench to make an impact.
“It’s very good and I never thought that this season I would be involved the way I am involved with the first-team,” Vieira told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s something different to me but I am trying to get into it and try and get used to it and it’s been good so far.
“I think any player will tell you it’s hard to come on as a sub because the game is so fast and you need to get into the pace of the game coming on. But it’s good and to come on and make an impact in the game feels great.”
Vieira has emerged as a regular feature in the senior squad after rising through the club’s academy.
The youngster faces tough competition to land a starting role in central midfield, with Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Philipps.
The Whites have moved up to sixth place in the Championship table and occupy the final play-off spot during the international break.
In other Leeds news, their academy product has made a claim about cementing his position in the side.