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Can Ronaldo Vieira become a centre-back under Marcelo Bielsa?

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Can Ronaldo Vieira become a centre-back under Marcelo Bielsa?

The Leeds United teenager could be the perfect candidate if Bielsa wants to turn a defensive-midfielder into a centre-back.

Leeds United are set for an exciting season under the guidance of new manager Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has a reputation as one of the best managers in world football and Leeds can get set for a rollercoaster season.

So could Bielsa’s presence see a change of position for one player?

In the past, the new Leeds boss has been keen to use defensive midfielders in the back-line. He first moved Gary Medel into centre-back for Chile, where he has since played for his nation. At Athletic Bilbao, he moved holding midfielder Javi Martinez into centre-back. It allowed the now Bayern Munich man to help the side play out from the back and play the football Bielsa wanted.

So, who at Leeds could Bielsa turn into a central defender?

Looking at the current midfield options at Leeds it is hard to look beyond Ronaldo Vieira.

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The England under-21 international is one of the hottest prospects at Elland Road. In a back-three, in particular, it is easy to see Vieira dropping into the defensive positions.

His pace would make him a formidable opponent at the back and his range of passing is exactly what Bielsa would want at the back.

Vieira had a difficult second season in the Championship and it could be a change of position may revitalise the talented 19-year-old.

If Bielsa wants to adapt a midfielder at Leeds into a central defender then Vieira is the best option available to him.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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