I’ve been waiting for the club to announce their Player of the Month so that ours will go up to compare. It wasn’t a great month but for me it has to go to Ronaldo Vieira. The youngster made his first competitive start for the club away at Queens Park Rangers and grew into the team, impressing that much to the point he was given a new deal, three months after signing one.
Vieira is a prospect that Leeds United will have to put their trust in. His ability on and off the ball is in no doubt even id he is still raw. At Sheffield Wednesday he controlled the game, marshalled by new skipper Liam Bridcutt on his debut. He had already done it at times in pre-season and where others were falling short in the early games Vieira was probably excelling for his age and experience in the side. Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga have been left to fend for themselves as Vieira and Phillips have pushed them (rightfully) out of the first-team plans.
Marcus Antonsson scooped the player of the month awards officially and won himself a new and very expensive watch, I can only give Vieira an article and some praise but I think many may agree he was the shining light in the opening month with the club. Hadi Sacko would probably have been next in line but really there was no competition for me. Ronaldo’s younger brother Romario has also arrived from the ever growing i2i academy which seems to have a bubbling reputation around these parts at the moment. The new three-year-deal is brilliant for the club and for Vieira who will grow to be one of the most important players at the club in that time and in my opinion.
The future of the young players is always bright at Elland Road despite our inability to keep them after a few years. I certainly live in the hope that one day players will be able to see their ambitions matched at the football club. Leeds to a chance on Ronaldo Vieira and if it was his name that originally caught the eye then it’s now the footballing ability. Delighted to say that he was by far, my PAS player of the month for August.