Forget Woodburn or Alex-Arnold: Leeds fans hail best young player on pitch at Liverpool
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans took to Twitter to hail academy product Ronaldo Vieira – and claimed he is making a bigger impact in his team than teenage Liverpool counterparts Trent Alexander Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria.
Alexander-Arnold, 18, and Ejaria, 19, both started their second matches for the Merseyside giants in their 2-0 League Cup quarter-final win over Leeds on Tuesday night.
Woodburn, 17, then came off the bench to electrify Anfield with the second goal, which secured his place as the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history.
The trio have all caught the eye of observers in the League Cup this season but Leeds supporters believe the performances of Vieira, 18, deserve a greater degree of attention.
The central midfielder was outstanding against Liverpool in what many claimed was his best performance yet in a Leeds shirt.
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He looked comfortable up against international duo Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum, in a display that demonstrated the progress he has made this season.
Leeds fans are convinced they have an outstanding young player of their own with his best years ahead of him.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Barry Swann (@bazzswann) November 30, 2016
Vieira is never going to get any credit from pundits, Woodburn scored snd that’s the main talking point #LUFC
— Max Grabble (@RussoLUFC) November 30, 2016
Alexander-Arnold and Woodburn received all the plaudits last night. Rightly so. But Vieira was outstanding for #lufc
— Callum Dent (@cdent31) November 30, 2016
Great that the lad comes on and scores in front of the Kop but nobody tell me Vieira wasn’t the best young lad out there tonight #lufc
— Tom Huffinley (@TomHuffinley) November 29, 2016
17 yr old Woodburn will get all the headlines
But how about 18 yr old Ronaldo Vieira bossing German international Emre Can all game #LUFC
— Nathan Mills (@NTMILLS) November 29, 2016
Everyone on about Alexander Arnold and woodburn are forgetting Ronaldo Vieira is only 18 and starts EVERY week in central midfield #lufc
— Aido Canavan (@AidanCanavan) November 29, 2016
Leeds return to league action this weekend when they host in-form Aston Villa in a Saturday evening kick-off at Elland Road.
Garry Monk’s side are fifth in the Championship following a string of impressive results over the last two months, while Villa are undefeated under new manager Steve Bruce.
In other Leeds news, this key first-team duo are set to miss Saturday’s clash against Villa.