Ronaldo Vieira stepped up against Reading with superb individual showing

Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the match

The Leeds United youngster did well in the absence of more experienced teammates.

Leeds United were forced to play an experimental line-up against Reading due to injury and suspension, with teenager Ronaldo Vieira the only recognised central midfielder on the pitch.

Despite that, Garry Monk’s side ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Chris Wood and Souleymane Doukara, and 18-year-old Vieira was key to their success.

Playing in front of what, in essence, was four wingers and one striker the holding midfielder stood his ground and protected the Leeds back-line with style and confidence.

  Duels WonTouchesInterceptions WonTake-onsOutfield BlocksBall RecoveriesDispossessedKey PassesMins Played
Ronaldo Vieira 6 37 2 1 1 8 1 1 90

By the end of the match Vieira had recovered the ball on eight occasions, won six duels and been dispossessed just once all evening.

He also won two interceptions, made one outfield block and played a key pass to set up a goal-scoring chance for a teammate.

Leeds United’s Ronaldo Vieira celebrates after the match

With Kalvin Phillips suspended, Eunan O’Kane injured and Liam Bridcutt on the bench, Vieira stepped up, continuing to develop a reputation as a bona fide star in the making at Elland Road.

There is still plenty of work to be done, but ever since Vieira stepped into the Leeds starting XI he has made his mark, and not many 18-year-olds can say that in regards to first-team football.

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