Ronaldo Vieira was just another player who was prematurely plucked away from the clutches of Leeds United as they languished in the second-tier of English football.
It has become an all too common theme for clubs sitting below the Premier League, like Leeds United, who are an incredibly iconic team in their own right, to see their best players poached by scouts from faraway lands.
Midfield talent Ronaldo Vieira continued this most unwanted trend, switching West Yorkshire for Genoa to join Serie A outfit Sampdoria.
Bielsa had actually admitted that the 20-year-old was a big part of his plans at the start of season, “He (Vieira) was a player involved in the project,” Bielsa said. “The club decided to sell him, and I adapt to this decision. I can’t say he is not a good player. He is a good player. If Sampdoria bought Ronaldo it indicates he is a good player.” (as per Yorkshire Evening News).
And he was a very good player with a bright future ahead of him. Despite being relatively young, like most of Leeds United’s current squad, he had an extremely good chance to continue his development in a more suitable environment under Bielsa.
He was physical and solid, which is just what is needed in the Championship, and had decent enough distribution to compliment the so-called ‘Bielsa-ball’.
These talents have not quite shined through yet at Sampdoria. Discussing his hurried transition into new surroundings, he told Yorkshire Evening News in December: “The Championship is a bit more physical and here it’s a bit more tactical, so I’ve been trying to work with the coach who’s trying to help me improve my game.”
Since then his situation hardly looks to have improved.
The young Englishman has only managed eight appearances so far this season, the majority of them coming off the bench, and although he put in a very impressive performance against SPAL at the weekend, there is clearly a long way to go before he earns the trust of his employers.
Leeds United fans, how disappointing was it losing Ronaldo Vieira at the start of the season? Let us know in the comment section below…