Is Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira set for another frustrating spell?

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Ronaldo Vieira missed Leeds United's clash with Barnsley due to suspension after being sent off in midweek.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

During Leeds' brilliant run at the start of the season, there was perhaps one player who would have been forgiven for being frustrated at his lack of game-time.

Ronaldo Vieira was often exceptional during a real breakout year last season and looked destined to be one of the first names on the teamsheet this term. However, he was the player often left out as Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O'Kane formed an excellent partnership in the middle of the park that helped Thomas Christiansen's side put themselves amongst the early pace-setters in the Championship.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough holds off a challenge from Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on...

Ultimately, Leeds' form dipped and Vieira was brought back into the fold and initially looked as if he was going to prove a point to Christiansen as he shone in the 3-0 away win over Bristol City in October. 

Unfortunately for Vieira, Leeds have often struggled in the games since and he started in just one game that the Whites have gone on to win - the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough - following the win at Ashton Gate. 

Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

The teenager's performances were often still one of the bright points even when Leeds were not getting the results, so there did not seem to be too many suggestions amongst the fans that he was one of the players that needed to be dropped.

But Vieira would rule himself out of the weekend clash with Barnsley as he was sent off in the midweek defeat at Wolves - a dismissal made all the more disappointing for Leeds as it came at a time when Christiansen's men were starting to get back into the contest.

The 19-year-old may be back available for the next game against Aston Villa, but the performances of O'Kane and Phillips at Oakwell suggested that the pair may be ready to enjoy the kind of run of form together that made them so influential at the start of the campaign.

And indeed, if they do manage to follow up their weekend displays with strong displays at Villa - should they both be fit and be selected - it may not be out of the question to suggest that Vieira could end up having to bide his team once again.

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