Whelan: Monk must definitely recall this Leeds player to starting XI against Burton
By Harry Sykes
BBC pundit Noel Whelan has urged Garry Monk to recall Ronaldo Vieira to the Leeds starting XI for their next Championship clash.
The Yorkshire giants suffered a damaging blow to their promotion hopes on Monday as they lost 1-0 at home to Wolves.
Play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham took advantage of this blip to leapfrog Leeds in the league table and climb to fifth and sixth respectively.
Leeds dropped out of the play-off positions for the first time in months and former Elland Road striker Whelan is convinced that the midfield needs to be shaken up for Saturday’s trip to 19th-placed Burton.
He was critical of the performances of the central midfielders Liam Bridcutt and Kalvin Phillips against Wolves, as well as playmaker Pablo Hernandez in front of them.
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“I’d definitely bring Vieira back,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live matchday blog (Monday, 5.21pm). “Maybe not with Phillips – how do you get the right blend of energy and tenacity, of quality?
“Burton will be hard-working and aggressive. They’re organised under Nigel Clough and they’ll take a point to keep them where they are.”
Monk had named an unchanged side to face Wolves three days after Leeds secured a 1-1 draw against Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Vieira was an unused substitute at Newcastle and BBC correspondent Adam Pope reported on his personal Twitter account that the central midfielder was not in the matchday 18 on Monday due to illness.
Confirmed to me that Vieira is still ill so misses out. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 17, 2017
Vieira, 18, has made a huge impact for Leeds this season after graduating from the club’s academy to nail down a regular place for the first team.
The teenager has made 35 appearances in all competitions, which have included 21 league starts.