Ronaldo Vieira names Luke Murphy as Leeds role model

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke Murphy

Leeds United teenager Ronaldo Vieira shares who he looks up with the Whites.

Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche in action with Leeds' Luke Murphy

Leeds United sensation Ronaldo Vieira has revealed to LUTV that midfielder Luke Murphy is the Whites player who he looks up to.

Vieira - who turned 18 last week - only joined Leeds' academy in September and saw his hunger rewarded with a professional contract in May in a timeframe which illustrates his rapid rise to prominence with the club.

Burnley's Joey Barton is fouled by Leeds United's Luke Murphy

The teenager has also impressed in pre-season, setting up a goal in United's friendly win at Irish side Shamrock Rovers a couple of weeks ago and it would not be beyond the realms of possibility for Leeds fans to see him on a regular basis in the senior set-up this season.

The former Benfica youth has proven himself capable in a number of midfield roles, be it centrally or on the flank, and the Bissau-born starlet reveals that centre-midfielder Murphy is someone who he studies in training.

Elland Road

Asked by LUTV who he looks up to, Vieira said: "I look at Luke Murphy, how he does when he gets the ball. I mean, before he even gets the ball he knows what he's going to do with it. I'm just trying to improve on that front and learn with him."

By virtue of his pre-season so far, Vieira might fancy his chances of playing a role in Saturday's visit of Serie A side Atalanta.

It is Garry Monk's last chance to gauge the readiness of his side before Sunday week's Championship opener at Queens Park Rangers, meaning the young manager may pick what he feels is his best XI, but few would be surprised to see Vieira make a cameo.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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