Leeds United under-23’s excellent recent run of form came to an end yesterday afternoon, as they were defeated 2-0 by their counterparts from Millwall. The result was certainly fair on the balance of play and Leeds did have a number of their regulars missing for the game.
One man who did play, however, was Romario Vieira. The younger brother of first-team regular Ronaldo has not yet emulated his big bro and made his way into the Leeds United first-team picture. He instead has become a stalwart of the development team and a key member of Carlos Corberan’s side.
But judging by his performance against the youngsters from Millwall then Vieira has no chance of making it at Elland Road.
Vieira put in a poor display in the game and found himself at fault for both of Millwall’s goals. He allowed Isaac Olaofe to whizz past him for the first goal before giving away a penalty for the second, although Oriol Rey shares the blame for that mistake.
The Guinea-Bissau international, who made his debut for his country last month, just could not get up to the pace of the game and struggled throughout.
Admittedly he was not in his favoured midfield role. Vieira was playing in a back three but that does not excuse what was a very below par performance.
This is not the time for such displays. Vieira is out of contract at Leeds in just a matter of months. Whilst his older brother is tied down as a future first-team prospect the same cannot be said about Romario.
If Leeds United were undecided on the future of the 19-year-old this performance will have done him no favours. When the retained list is released by Leeds United next month it will be no surprise if Vieira is not included in the Leeds United roster for the 2018-19 campaign.