By Danny Wright

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has urged Thomas Christiansen to recall Ronaldo Vieira from the fringes of his squad back into the first-team after a poor run of results.

Vieira, 19, was a key part of Garry Monk’s side last season when they fell just short of finishing in the Championship play-offs, but has been sparsely used this term under the charge of Christiansen with Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O’Kane preferred in the central midfield positions.

Now, Redfearn believes that the teenage midfielder could provide the answer to many of the problems that the first-team are facing at the moment following four defeats in their last five outings.

The ex-Elland Road boss has suggested that the England Under-20 international could provide the physical edge that many fans and pundits believe the side to be currently missing.

“I’d definitely bring back Vieira in midfield. Leeds need a bit of spark and aggression. They do not want to labelled a ‘nice’ team,” said Redfearn, as quoted by Radio Yorkshire on their official Twitter account.

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Vieira was no doubt a favourite of Monk last term, as well as the fans, as he made 38 appearances across all competitions, including 24 starts in the Championship.

However under the leadership of Christiansen, the youngster has no doubt fell down the pecking order at Elland Road and is barely getting a spot on the bench following the emergence of Phillips and O’Kane as well as the summer signing of Mateusz Klich.

He is yet to start a Championship match this season with just three appearances off the bench to his name despite playing starring roles in three League Cup wins while playing every minute of every available game.

In other Leeds United news, this midfield mainstay has suffered an injury blow ahead of the clash with Bristol City at the weekend.

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