Ronaldo Vieira made his debut for Leeds United in their match against Preston North End.
Ronaldo Vieira has told LUTV that Steve Evans broke the news to him that he would be in Leeds United’s squad to face Preston North End the day before the game.
Vieira was called up to Leeds first-team to train alongside the senior players after impressing in development squad fixtures.
The 17-year-old was delighted to have the chance to impress Evans, but things only got better for the youngster as the week progressed.
Vieira ended up being named on Leeds substitutes’ bench at Preston, and he came on to make his debut late on.
The midfielder was introduced in the 89th minute of the match at Deepdale, and he was on the pitch as Preston scored their last minute equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw.
That may have been a disappointment, but the academy graduate could not hide his satisfaction at being in the team after the match.
“I found out about playing the day before [the match],” Vieira said.
“First of all I got told I was going to train with them [the first-team] and then coach came and spoke to me to say that there was a possibility that I might be on the bench.
“I just thought it was unbelievable really. Then the manager told me while training that I was going to travel.”
Vieira is regarded as one of the best talents in Leeds development squad, and he has been one of the most consistent performers for the under-21’s throughout the campaign.
He could be the next on a long list of academy players to make the breakthrough to the first team, with the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor already playing key roles in the senior squad.