Leeds coach delivers positive verdict on emerging youngster
By Dominic Toner
James Beattie claims that Leeds youngster Ronaldo Vieira is developing nicely and will be given the freedom to shoot on sight.
The 18-year-old midfielder has established himself as an important member in the squad this season and has made 13 appearances in all competitions.
The teenager grabbed his first goal of the campaign on Saturday against Norwich, with a dramatic 25-yard strike in stoppage time to clinch a 3-2 victory.
He is competing alongside senior team-mates Eunan O’Kane, Liam Bridcutt and Kalvin Phillips for a midfield role, but has already impressed supporters this season.
Leeds’ first-team coach Beattie believes that Vieira is currently at a good level and can still develop because he is at a young age.
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“Ronnie isn’t short on confidence. He’s a nice, grounded young man,” Beattie told Leeds TV, as cited by website HITC. “We’ll try to nurture him through these early years and if he wants to shoot from 35 yards next time, he can. His all-round game is really good, and he’s part of the team.”
Vieira made his Leeds debut in the final game of the Championship last season, being used as a substitute in the closing stages of the away match at Preston.
He has caught the attention of new manager Garry Monk and been a regular feature in the club’s league and cup campaigns.
The youngster has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the club’s academy and will hope to cement a regular starting position in the side in a competitive squad.
The Whites are vying for promotion back to the Premier League this season and have recovered from a poor start, with the club now occupying a play-off position in sixth-place.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has made a remarkable claim about the victory against Norwich.