Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has been back training with the first team squad this week following a two week absence because of tonsillitis, and is available for selection at Leeds’ away trip to Burton Albion this Saturday.
The 19 year old has featured 32 times so far this season for the Whites following his debut in the final game of last season, coming on as a late substitute away at Preston which also happened to be former manager Steve Evans’ last game at the helm. The Guinea Bissau born man has been playing as a holding midfielder this season, mainly appearing beside club captain Liam Bridcutt, and has shown his superb ability at such a young age.
Earlier on in the season Vieira was singled out by then Derby County manager Steve McClaren after starring in Leeds’ 1-0 victory, with the former England boss stating, ‘He’s got a bright future that boy. He ran the show tonight.’, and many Leeds fans have had the same impression throughout the season with Vieira putting in many outstanding appearances throughout the current term.
Leeds manager Garry Monk confirmed that Vieira is back in contention for selection in his press conference on Thursday afternoon but the trip to Burton may come too soon for the teenager to fit straight back into the starting eleven, although Leeds fans have questioned Liam Bridcutt’s performances as of late and many would prefer the academy graduate to replace the club captain.
With the trip to the Brewers being such a vital game in Leeds’ season, and three points required for the Whites to keep up with the play-off spots, it will be a very tough decision for manager Garry Monk to make as the return of Vieira will surely give the boss a dilemma as to who he should include in the two defensive midfield roles, with Kalvin Phillips also feeling worthy of keeping his starting spot.