Leeds favourite set for make-or-break clash over Whites career as Heck throws down gauntlet
Leeds United youngster Ronaldo Vieira might have quickly established himself into a firm favourite at Elland Road but his career with the club is very much on the line.
The 19-year-old broke into the first team reckoning at just 17 but after a bright start, his performances have tailed off somewhat, which in turn has resulted in limited playing time.
His 38 appearances last season, 34 coming in the Championship, showed just how much he was relied upon by Garry Monk, but this campaign has been a tougher battle for the midfielder.
With 24 outings under his belt, 20 of those in the league and of those, 15 in the starting XI, have dented his development somewhat, leaving fans, and his manager, wanting more from him.
Paul Heckingbottom has already thrown the gauntlet down, insisting he needs to “earn the right” to play and that it was down to ‘Ronny’ to “force his way into the team and stay in.”
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However, despite his boss claiming that you “never know” when an opportunity to shine might come your way, his chances have been limited, and he has been handed just 46 minutes of action in the last five games.
However, his make-or-break clash may not come for his club, but instead for his country, having been called up for the England under-20 side to face Portugal on Tuesday, as confirmed by Leeds’ official Twitter account.
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If Heckingbottom is not going to give him the opportunity, then he must make the most of every minute which comes his way with the Three Lions, as he looks to add to his six under-20 appearances.
He has a promising future ahead of him, that much is certain, but it could well lie elsewhere if the current manager does not want to give him playing time.
This is Vieira’s chance to prove to his boss he has what it takes, and with the club’s poor form, that he could be the man to make a difference.
In other Leeds United news, fans must be baying for blood if Heckingbottom’s prediction comes true.