Leeds United are saving their most exciting player and it could be a masterstroke

Leeds United's Guinea Bissau midfielder Ronaldo Vieira (L) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match...

Ronaldo Vieira's sparing use could be a masterstroke.

Leeds United's Guinea Bissau midfielder Ronaldo Vieira (L) vies with Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno during the EFL (English Football League) Cup quarter-final football match...

Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was the breakthrough star last season, but this year he has been used sparingly by head coach Thomas Christiansen.

Christiansen has preferred to utilise Kalvin Phillips, while summer signing Mateusz Klich has had to bide his time.

This speaks volumes for the strength in depth at Leeds, who currently sit top of the Championship after seven games.

Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United closes down Ben Osborn of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January 25,...

But make no mistake, Vieira is the most exciting player at Leeds; the way he broke into the first team last season was special, mixing it at just 18 with seasoned professionals.

Andrea Radrizzani's first order of business this summer was to tie Vieira down to a four-year contract extension.

Ross McCormack of Aston Villa is put under pressure from Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December...

He was part of England's successful Toulon youth tournament side this summer and is now a regular at youth international level.

For his club he has played just 31 minutes of Championship football this season, making two starts in the EFL Cup. He could get a further opportunity against Burnley in the cup next week.

Leeds' deliberate slow use of Vieira could turn out to be a masterstroke.

Not only are they protecting a player who was over-used at times last season, but they are keeping him fresh for the run in.

Vieira is good enough, but Leeds are being sensible to hold him back at the moment.

There will be a time this season where he will get his chance to prove his worth, and Leeds are incredibly fortunate to be able to have him held back in reserve.

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