By Dominic Toner
Ronaldo Vieira divided opinion on Twitter after making his full Leeds debut in the 3-0 defeat against QPR.
Leeds got off to the worst possible start in the Championship as goals from Nedum Onuoha, Sebastian Polter and a Tjaronn Chery penalty secured the points for the London club and burst the bubble of optimism at Elland Road.
Vieira, 18, was surprisingly named in the starting X1 for Leeds, as he got the nod over more senior pair Alex Mowatt and Luke Murphy.
The youngster was at fault for giving away the penalty with the score at 1-0, after bringing down substitute Jordan Cousins inside the box and allowing QPR to take a comfortable position.
Despite the mistake several of the Leeds fans have singled out Vieira as making a positive impact on the game, whilst others have harshly treated the youngster on Twitter.
Here are a selection of their messages:
Viera best player for Leeds atm, wood useless again
— Lukey B (@Baywolf14) August 7, 2016
Poor half from Leeds. Lots of problems. Impressed with Bartley, Viera and Coyle and little else. QPR look a good side in the making. #lufc
— Peter C Johnson (@epictrader) August 7, 2016
You need to be good when your name is Ronaldo Viera. Unfortunately this lad for Leeds isn’t good ????
— peter jones (@petethefeet1978) August 7, 2016
Roofe been disappointing in this game.. viera 18 year old looks good for Leeds but qpr dominating
— Billy Crook (@BCro_ok) August 7, 2016
Leeds’ ‘Ronaldo Viera’ is more ‘Downing Cattermole’ tbh
— Jack Burns (@jackrrburns) August 7, 2016
@PhilHayYEP same old Phil no leader on the pitch long ball all the time no pace still viera best Leeds player on pitch
— Mark Laurie (@weasel260967) August 7, 2016
Well, the only positive if any, was ronaldo viera. What a bad start. #lufc
— Odd Tremorz (@OddTremorz) August 7, 2016
Really like the look of Ronaldo-Viera. That’s about it really
— Tom Payne (@Tom_Payne10) August 7, 2016
Think only positive up to now is young Ronaldo Viera… #lufc
— Turbo Tommi (@tommi17) August 7, 2016
That Ronaldo Viera guy must be the dopiest player I’ve ever seen, forgets to stick with runners and push up
— Ben Levene (@benlevene96) August 7, 2016
The former Benfica midfielder has impressed throughout pre-season, most recently picking up the man of the match award as the Whites produced an impressive victory against Serie A side Atalanta.
The 18-year-old has certainly not gone unnoticed during his short stay at Leeds so far, partly because of his impressive performances for the youth side and also his eye-catching name.
Robert Green produced a howler in the match to gift QPR an early lead and Leeds never fully recovered from the setback.
Manager Garry Monk will be hoping to improve in their next league fixture against Birmingham, who drew 0-0 with Cardiff on Saturday.
In other Leeds team news, Monk revealed why new signing Pablo Hernandez was not in the squad against QPR.