Ronaldo Vieira – The Latest Leeds United Wonderkid

In football the cliché that seems to do the rounds is ‘remember the name,’ but with Leeds United’s latest wonderkid it’s pretty hard to forget. The name Ronaldo Vieira is the buzz around Elland Road leading up to the start of the 2016/17 season this weekend and with good reason.

Born in Guinea-Bissau and raised in Portugal. Ronaldo left the much respected Benfica academy in search of success in English football.  After brief spells in junior football he was snapped up by Leeds United in 2015 after a successful trial period.  With less than a year of U21 development action Vieria is all set to break into the first team after an impressive summer.

The Elland Road faithful came away from the final warm up game against Atalanta raving about Vieira. We’d just seen a midfield master class and one which showed maturity beyond his youthful years.  After the departure of Lewis Cook, the Leeds fans were at lost to who could replace the dynamic work rate and talent of Cook.  The answer appears to be have been staring us in the face for a while. After what we’ve seen up to now, Vieira could easily step into Cook’s shoes with a bit of time, patience and guidance.

Last season, we spent a lot of time with the youth coach’s at Thorp Arch and all they talked about was how good this kid was. We witnessed it for ourselves in a number of U21 games and we can definitely say he is ready for Championship football. Will he start week in week out? Unlikely, but can he make a difference in games? Definitely.

Let’s hope the talents of Ronaldo Vieira will grab the headlines rather than his name.

Reporter – Matt McKeith

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  • footsoretiredandweary

    Impressed so far with Monk and his coaching staff. I like the style of football he is getting them to play. Some additions, one in mid-field and three extra options for the back four and he has a viable promotion squad. I can imaging the opposing team wilting in the last ten minutes when Botaka and Doukara come on. How far the squad has come from the days of Morison, Hunt, Brown, Green and Norris on the bench.

    • http://www.rightinthegarykellys.com RITGK

      Fully agree, we have youth, energy and bags of pace in reserve these days. Let’s hop Monk and his team will get given a chance.

  • Ranger

    first class player who can play all over the park.they say he’s a potential for now, there again,but so is Cook to be fair. his flare,pace. skills and Confident tells me he is the real deal..Cook should have stayed to help Leeds get promoted,was obvious that when Monk arrived,he knew Monk wasn’t coming to keep Leeds in the Championship…

    • http://www.rightinthegarykellys.com RITGK

      Question is how long can we keep hold of him for?

      • Ranger

        I wouldn’t worry too much about that for now..this time they will tie him down to a lengthier deal

      • Peter duval

        How long is a piece of string ….. Man U couldn’t hold on to Ronaldo….. Leicester won’t keep Mahrez …. Football is a business and the trick is to ensure that young lads with talent leave for the right price and the funds therefrom are utilised to strengthen the team…

        • Ranger

          get him to sign a longer contract too..I think we are on the way up now so no need to worry i think…I really think this year will be a success even if it takes a few weeks to settle down…..I have lots of faith in Monk..

          • Peter duval

            Very true get the young lad in and give him a 4 year deal … Great attacking options this term … Really looking forward to seeing Sacko Roofe Antonsson and Hernandez …. Watch also Phillips he is improving and very tenacious in the tackle…. Hernandez could prove to be tops with young Mowatt in support …. Grimes and Phillips as cover in midfield…. Ideally for me the signings now should be Henry, Mawson, Bridcutt or Huws and Wabara on a free …. Release Murphy Diagouraga and Bamba ….
            Team.
            Green. Cover Turnball
            Berardi Cover Coyle
            Bartley Cover Cooper
            Mawson Cover Wabara
            Henry Cover Denton
            Bridcutt. Cover Phillips
            Vieria. Cover Grimes
            Hernandez cover Mowatt
            Roofe. Cover Botaka
            Antonsson cover Wood
            Sacko cover Dallas
            WHT a SQUAD ( :

          • Ranger

            lol,you have it all worked out….Murphy is ok for Cover but the other two a waste of space..Bamba and Diagouraga that is..perhaps Cooper with Bartley are ok also together

    • Peter duval

      Hi there mate…. Never get tired of championing the potential of young Vieria …. He is one of several who could fire Leeds this term Roofe and Sacko also could really give us a pacey dynamic going forward …. Still a couple of signings to go but all looks exciting… Let’s hope for a good start …. Cook should have stayed for sure as I think Bounemouth will be 1 of 5 teams who will battle against the drop … Vieria has more to his game …

      • Ranger

        yup

      • Ranger

        ‘flair’ i meant ..your last part I also agree 1 in 5….what will they think if we pass them on their way down? as we are going up,they might be going down..i know om would like them to join us that time,me,I don’t want

        • Peter duval

          I know mate … There’s a real buzz about the place at present… I am not too concerned about losing a player who wants to move on… For what ever reason .. Vieria in my view is a better footballer than Cook and if he’s given the chance to shine this term he will help fire us back to the a Premier League … All things considered Cook and Taylor could be relegated with Bournemouth and WBA … I would like to see Bridcutt alongside Vieria with Hernandez playing in front of a three man forward line up … Roofe Antonsson and Sacko… A very mobile line up pacey !!! I recall us getting rumbled by a couple of mediocre teams last year who had lots of pace up front…. Brentford with Canos (now at Norwich) and The Bouremouth lad Fraser who was linked with us at Ipswich… Just a good centre back mate and sign Rico Henry and happy days ( :