11 Ball recoveries: Leeds United's Cook replacement Ronaldo Vieira up there with former star

Fleetwood Town's Victor Nirrenold and Leeds United's Ronaldo Viera in action

Ronaldo Vieira showed a positive part of his game despite Leeds United suffering another defeat.

Fleetwood Town's Victor Nirrenold and Leeds United's Ronaldo Viera in actionFleetwood Town's Victor Nirrenold and Leeds United's Ronaldo Vieira in action

It would be easy for Leeds United to feel down on their luck after second successive league defeat, but there were reasons to be positive despite the 2-1 loss to Birmingham.

Garry Monk's side are still adapting to one another and their coach, while teenage midfielder Ronaldo Vieira continues to show why he is a promising talent.

The 18-year-old was keen to get on the ball, registering 81 touches, and won the ball back 11 times in total for his side.

  TeamPassing AccuracyWon TackleInterception WonBall RecoveryTouchesOntarget Scoring AttGoal AssistGoalsMins Played
Ronaldo Vieira Leeds 80% 2 3 11 81 0 0 0 90

This was joint fifth highest out of all midfielders in the Championship this weekend. Birmingham's Jacques Maghoma topped the rankings with 16.

It also compared favourably with Lewis Cook, the player he has replaced in Leeds' midfield after the talent was sold to Bournemouth.

Derby's Tom Ince in action with Leeds'  Lewis CookDerby's Tom Ince in action with Leeds' Lewis Cook

Cook's figures for last season show the highest number of ball recoveries he made was 12, in a game at home to Brentford. He managed 11 once, away at Hull.

Leeds as a whole have a lot of improving to do, and Vieira has plenty to learn himself. With Leeds suffering two defeats, his place in the side is at risk like anybody else, but this element of his game showed promise, and is a sign that he can be a contributor to the team if they can get their acts together.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

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