Leeds academy coach hails Vieira progress

Elland Road

The Leeds United coach is impressed by the 18-year-old.

Elland Road

Leeds United Under-18 coach Mark Jackson has said to LUTV that it is fantastic to see an academy graduate like Ronaldo Vieira making his mark on the Whites' first team.

The highly-rated starlet was taken on Leeds' pre-season visit to the Republic of Ireland this summer, where he set up a goal in the 3-0 win over Shamrock Rovers two weeks ago.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

The 18-year-old - who only celebrated his birthday last week - has enjoyed a speedy rise through the ranks with United, having signed professional terms in May after only joining the club last September.

Vieira's fellow academy graduate Kalvin Phillips claimed last week that his team-mate could well develop into a "world class" footballer, and Jackson, who has worked closely with the starlet over the past 11 months, say it's fantastic to see somebody flying the flag for the club's young players.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

"Yes they've got a long way to go, but they're on the right track and they can see that path to the first team. It's inspiring for young players to know that if they play well they'll get their chance, and none moreso than Ronaldo," the 38-year-old told LUTV.

"He's been away with the first team and I seen him set up a goal for one of the players in Ireland. It's fantastic to see."

Vieira, despite his tender years, is indeed something of a role model for even some players older than him. Of course, there is still a long way to go before he fulfills his potential, but the early signs look very promising.

Leeds only have one friendly left before the rough and tumble of the Championship returns in 10 days, but Vieira may fancy his chances of earning a bit-part role when Serie A side Atalanta visit Elland Road on Saturday.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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