Date: 12th February 2018 at 8:10pm
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OPINION

Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom decided to bench midfielder Ronaldo Vieira against Sheffield United during his first game in charge, but he should quickly realise mistake and recall him immediately.

The 19-year-old was an unused substitute in the 2-1 loss away to Sheffield United and had been a regular starter under previous boss Thomas Christiansen.

Vieira should be a key man moving forward for Heckingbottom and the teenager has the potential to become a talisman for him.

The Englishman is a well rounded central midfielder that has a great engining and the work-rate that should help in a late push towards the play-offs.

He is still just a youngster and the arrival of a new manager could really help his development if he breaks into the side early.

Leeds host Bristol City on Sunday in their next Championship fixture and Vieira should replace teammate Eunan O’Kane in the middle of the park, who struggled in the defeat to Sheffield United.

Heckingbottom is spoilt for choice in midfield, but the prospect of a Vieira combination alongside Adam Forshaw seems a good fit.

Vieira has impressed since breaking into the first team at Elland Road and the highly-rated youngster should get the chance to become an integral figure under new management.