Leeds United boss Garry Monk has told TV Yorkshire that all of his troops will be "key players" this season, after being asked about Ronaldo Vieira.
The 18-year-old midfielder enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a fine performance in Saturday's 2-1 friendly win over Atalanta, in which Leeds fans gave him a standing ovation when he came off on 82 minutes.
It is hard to believe that just three months ago Vieira was technically an amateur footballer on a scholarship with the Whites, but he has really grabbed his promotion with both hands since signing professional terms in May.
The win over the Serie A outfit was Leeds' last pre-season friendly before the Championship season kicks off at QPR next week, and given Vieira played most of it, it may suggest that he could start at Loftus Road on Sunday.
But asked by TV Yorkshire whether the teenager will be a key player for Leeds this season, Monk, almost purposely, refused to single out Vieira, responding: "They'll all be key players. It's a squad game. We need everyone this season. Every single one of them will make a contribution."
Vieira certainly seems like another gem uncovered by the Leeds academy, but it's still early and the youngser has a lot to learn, but the early signs look promising.
HITC wrote earlier on Sunday that Monk should sign him up to a longer contract as soon as possible, with a two-year professional deal weakening the club's position if in the not unlikely event he dazzles this season.