Academy ace destined for the top: Three things learned about Leeds in Liverpool clash
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 2-0 League Cup quarter-final defeat against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
Vieira destined for the top
On a night when there was plenty of emerging talent on display, none impressed more than the brilliantly named Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira. The 18-year-old central midfielder was handed his 11th start of the season and responded with a performance of maturity and quality, thriving on the added responsibility when his partner Eunan O’Kane limped off after 28 minutes. It was to the great credit of Vieira that he looked totally at home against international opponents Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum. The Elland Road academy product is seemingly improving by the week. This is a player who is destined for the top.
Roofe can trouble top defences
Leeds fans have been waiting a while for the real Kemar Roofe to stand up. The 23-year-old terrorised League Two defences last season for Oxford but has struggled to adjust in the more demanding Championship. In recent weeks, the wide forward has started to show what persuaded Leeds to fork out £3million for him in the summer with a series of increasingly impressive displays. He was excellent against Rotherham last Saturday and followed that up by shining at one of Europe’s great football cathedrals. Roofe twice came close to breaking the deadlock and was extremely unfortunate that his delicious 52nd minute curler did not open his Leeds account.
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Monk has assembled a team to reckon with
A 2-0 win to the mighty Liverpool might appear to have been a predictable result, especially given that Jurgen Klopp made eight changes to the side that beat Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday. But Leeds made the top flight side work hard for their passage to the League Cup semi-finals. Garry Monk’s side could easily have scored a couple of goals were it not for some errant finishing from Hadi Sacko and the misfortune of Kemar Roofe. The visitors gave as good as they got and showed on the big stage that Monk has assembled a team to reckon with.
In other Leeds news, Roofe has posted a Twitter message about a Manchester United attacker.