We knew, we all knew but he just needed his chance. The team was struggling, little confidence and going into a game where we were expected to get beat and in he came. Ronaldo Vieira started his first game of the season and what a game he had, bossing his way, and leading his team to a wonderful 0-3 win at Bristol City.
Vieira has started the League Cup games this season, had 20 minutes at Cardiff and 15 at home to Preston North End, nothing more. Today, probably under pressure to play him to be fair Thomas Christiansen started Ronaldo Vieira and he won’t be regretting it one little bit. In a game where the midfield was so crucial we won that battle, led into it by Vieira, a top performance when we needed him so badly. Lee Johnson has said, “I thought Vieira ran the show”. A huge compliment from the Bristol City manager and one that best describes the performance of Leeds’ brightest young talent today.
As he jetted off to France in the summer none of us could have imagined it would be mid-October before we were talking about a man of the match performance from Vieira. He helped England under 20’s to victory in that tournament, scoring the winning penalty and arrived back in Leeds ready for pre-season despite playing the entire tournament in Toulon. He started pre-season well but fell out of favour at the start of the season, to the point where he didn’t even make the squad against Bolton on opening day. He has sat in the stands time and time again this season but wasn’t today, and won’t be again for some time based on how he performed. For the first time Thomas Christiansen has seen the Ronaldo Vieira we all know.