Ronaldo Vieira stakes impressive claim for Leeds United first team chance

Leeds United

Leeds United youngster was their biggest threat in their latest under-21 game.

Leeds United's under-21 side took on Crystal Palace in earlier this week, earning a 0-0 draw away to an Eagles team which included first team star Jason Puncheon.

The big surprise from Leeds perspective was their biggest dangerman was not former Danish international and under-21 top scorer Casper Sloth, nor was it summer signing Lee Erwin.

Instead it was teenager Ronaldo Vieira, who is on a first year scholarship with the club and is already a starter at under-21 level.

The midfielder impressed as a 16-year-old on trial last summer and was promptly signed by the club after impressing.

Against Crystal Palace he came closest of any Leeds United player to breaking the deadlock at Selhurst Park.

He had a shot blocked by a defender early in the first half, before twice forcing goalkeeper Kleton Perntreou into making saves.

Vieira almost snatched a late winner in the dying moments when he hit the post with a late effort, which would have been his first goal for the under-21s.

Leeds' season is currently petering out as they head towards another uninspiring mid-table finish, and there is a real opportunity to give one or two youngsters a chance to let them gain experience.

Based on this week's performance, Ronaldo Vieira, while a raw talent still developing, could provide the youthful enthusiasm the side need to spark them into a result and give them the creativity they are missing. 

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