Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira discloses what he never expected to happen this season

Leeds' Ronaldo Vieira celebrates scoring their third goal with Kalvin Phillips and Chris Wood

Vieira has emerged as one of the surprises of the season for Leeds United this term.

Ronaldo Vieira has conceded that he never expected to become such a prominent member of the Leeds United first-team this season, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The 18-year-old went into the campaign very much on the periphery of the squad having only made his first-team debut on the final day of last season with a one-minute cameo in the draw with Preston North End.

Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the matchLeeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira

However, under Garry Monk, Vieira has quickly become an important man for the team. He has made 13 appearances this term in all competitions, and bagged the winner in the Whites' most recent game with a long-range stunner in stoppage-time against Norwich.

And following the game, he has admitted that he would not have expected used so often at the start of the season.

Leeds' Ronaldo Vieira celebrates scoring their third goal with Kalvin Phillips and Chris WoodLeeds' Ronaldo Vieira celebrates scoring the winner against Norwich with Kalvin Phillips and Chris Wood

"It's very good and I never thought that this season I would be involved the way I am involved with the first team," Vieira told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"It's something different to me but I am trying to get into it and try and get used to it and it's been good so far."

Liam Bridcutt Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield TownLiam Bridcutt perhaps faces a battle to get back into the team

The form of Vieira and fellow academy graduate Kalvin Phillips has undoubtedly been one of the most pleasant surprises for Leeds fans this term.

Neither youngster has looked out of place in the second tier, and their form has arguably meant that United skipper Liam Bridcutt faces a battle to get back into the team once he returns from injury.

And given how imperative it seemed that the Whites brought Bridcutt back on a permanent deal in the summer, it is remarkable to now think that Monk could leave the former Sunderland man out without raising many eyebrows.  

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