Monk shares verdict on Leeds young guns after landmark weekend win
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has revealed his eagerness to continue working with Leeds’ youngsters after they starred against Norwich.
Monk’s side defied odds on Saturday by moving into the playoffs with a last-gasp 3-2 win over Alex Neil’s Canaries, as teenage midfielder Ronaldo Vieira slammed home a 25-year rocket past Michael McGovern in the 91st minute.
With the likes of Lewie Coyle, Kalvin Phillips and Alex Mowatt also on the books at Elland Road, Monk claimed that he is enthused to continue working with Leeds’ young stars.
“We’ve got a lot of young players and it’s exciting for me to be working with potential like that,” Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“There’s a few of them who have a shot on them and it’s all about encouraging them to take it at the right time.”
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Former Benfica youth player Vieira scored Leeds’ winner after the Yorkshire giants pegged Norwich back with goals from fan favourite Pontus Jansson and top scorer Chris Wood.
The win at Carrow Road is Leeds’ ninth win in 12 league and cup matches, and has seen them climb from early relegation candidates to the Championship’s top six.
Although only a substitute against Norwich, Vieira could be given a chance after the international break as Leeds prepare to face Newcastle on November 20.
The heavyweight clash will be watched by Elland Road’s first sell-out crowd in six years, as Leeds look to consolidate their top six place against the league leaders.
In other Leeds news, Vieira has said this after scoring his stunning winner.