'He's been atrocious' - Leeds fans destroy midfielder for display against Reading
By Alex Stevens
Ronaldo Vieira started Leeds’s 1-0 Championship defeat to Reading on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.
The midfielder was given the nod to start in central midfield alongside skipper Liam Bridcutt, with Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane left on the bench.
But Garry Monk’s selection did not pay dividends as Leeds were comprehensively outplayed by home side Reading.
The Yorkshire giants’ seven-match unbeaten run came to an end as they fell to a deserved loss at the Madejski Stadium against their fellow promotion hopefuls.
A superb first-half strike from Yann Kermorgant was enough to secure the three points in a match totally dominated by Jaap Stam’s side.
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Leeds supporters took to Twitter to lay into 18-year-old Vieira, who was replaced at Reading after 85 minutes by Kemar Roofe.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Don’t like knocking Vieira cause he’s just a kid but Phillips has done more in ten minutes than he has all game #lufc
— RichieRich (@AMitherer) April 1, 2017
Vieira has been atrocious today and I don’t wanna see Cooper play again this season. #lufc
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) April 1, 2017
Usually a massive fan of Vieira bit this is easily the worst I’ve seen him. Very safe or poor passing, lots of ball watching, 0 energy #lufc
— Lee Wakefield (@Wakefield90) April 1, 2017
— David Roberts (@DaveyRoberts) April 1, 2017
Vieira needs taking off, his mind isn’t focused. It’s gunna cost us. Get Phillips on #LUFC
— LiAm GiLl (@littleroundman) April 1, 2017
Midfield is not working. Vieira and Hernandez playing awfully! #lufc
— Chris Gawman (@CGawman) April 1, 2017
Going in at only 1-0 is massive. Had our chances in that half. Hernandez & Vieira need to get their head into the game. Fight lads #lufc
— Karun Jung (@JournoJung) April 1, 2017
Reading’s win has lifted them to fourth in the table as they leapfrog Leeds, who had held that position before kick-off.
Monk’s side have dropped to fifth, although they are only one point adrift of Reading.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.