Leeds first teamer: I would adopt this style if I was manager
By Matt Farr
Leeds first teamer Ronaldo Vieira has admitted he would adopt an expressive style of play if he was a manager.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been a shining light for Leeds this season, earning a regular role in the first team squad under Garry Monk.
He has made 35 appearances for the club in all competitions, having signed a professional deal at Elland Road at the end of last season.
But in an interview with LUFC TV shared on the Leeds official Twitter account on Wednesday, during which Vieira was asked to name his fantasy six-a-side team, he revealed what role he could play as manager.
He admitted he would adopt a style of play that would allow his players to express themselves, and would demand a winning mentality from his team.
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He said: “I would be the type of manager that would let the players express themselves, and just be a winner, work your arse off and get the three points.
“I’d be quiet. I think I’d be quiet, but whenever I need to, I know I’d be that loud manager. But I don’t think the players I would choose need management anyway.”
Vieira has been an important figure for Leeds in recent weeks, starting his last four appearances, but he has not featured in either of the club’s last two matches, as their promotion campaign stuttered.
Leeds have won just one of their last five Championship matches, which has seen them drop out of the play-off places with just three league games remaining.
The disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday, for which Vieira was omitted from the match squad entirely, increased the pressure on the Yorkshire club to retain their promotion charge.
They are still level on points with sixth-placed Fulham ahead of the clash with Burton Albion on Saturday, but the Cottagers have considerable momentum as the clock ticks down on the play-off race.
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