Why Leeds wonderkid will be star of the team for years to come
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Ronaldo Vieira will become Leeds’ main man in years to come if Friday evening’s performance is anything to go by.
The wonderkid was sensational during the 1-0 victory against Derby on Friday and he could become a star if he continues to show the same level of progression as he has in the opening half of this season.
Vieira broke into the first team at the end of 2015-16 under ex-boss Steve Evans after impressing in the Leeds academy for a number of years but he has grown from strength to strength in a very short space of time under the guidance of Garry Monk and his staff.
The 18-year-old ran the show against Derby, playing as a central midfielder alongside Liam Bridcutt and he showed maturity beyond his years.
On the ball, Vieira looks composed and intelligent and he already reads the game better than most his teammates which makes him such a huge asset in the middle of the park.
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He’s able to play in any role in central midfield because he can offer balance in a defensive position and creativity going forward which, combined with his understanding of the game, already suggests he has the capabilities of developing into a complete player.
Vieira must now look to extend his role to a box-to-box midfielder, where he can use all of his abilities to influence the game further and in that way he will become the focus of Leeds’ side.
It’s crucial the club continue to give him responsibility because, if he feels valued and recognises he could become the leading man, it will be easier for Leeds to keep hold of him.
He is currently under contract until 2019 but he should be rewarded for his progression this season with a long-term extension in the summer.
In other Leeds news, this Sky Sports pundit hailed Pablo Hernandez for his influence on the squad.