Report details real reason Leeds player has failed to live up to his brilliant 16/17 campaign
By Richard Parks
Ronaldo Vieira has failed to live up to his breakthrough 2016-17 campaign in his second season in the Leeds United because of a tendonitis injury, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the United midfielder has not trained on as expected because of the problem, which has affected his ability to cope with the intensity of Championship football.
There has been surprise among Leeds supporters that Vieira, 19, has not been used more frequently by Paul Heckingbottom and his predecessor Thomas Christiansen.
The Elland Road academy product has made 18 starts from his 24 appearances this season after 28 starts from 38 matches in all competitions in 2016-17 under Garry Monk.
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There has been puzzlement among many Leeds fans this season that Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips have been frequently preferred to Vieira, who earned rave reviews for his performances in the midfield engine room as the team stormed to a seventh-placed finish under Monk. The YEP’s revelation sheds new light on the real reason that the hugely promising central midfielder has not kicked on as most imagined he would. Clearly, 63 appearances by the age of 19 for a club of Leeds’ stature demonstrates Vieira’s ability, but they have also taken their toll. It appears his game time must be carefully controlled to enable him to operate anywhere near his capacity, and explains why O’Kane and Phillips often get the nod ahead of him.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.