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Ronaldo Vieira falls to defeat on first Sampdoria start but signs good for former Leeds United talent

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Ronaldo Vieira falls to defeat on first Sampdoria start but signs good for former Leeds United talent

Ronaldo Vieira finally started his first game for Sampdoria.

In the summer Leeds United completed a sale that had fans talking. The club decided to allow Ronaldo Vieira to exit the club. One of the club’s top young talents, Marcelo Bielsa and co decided he was worth selling to Italian club Sampdoria. The Genoa-based club paid an initial fee reported by The Guardian to be in the region of £6.2 million for his services.

The England under-21 international has, however, had something of a slow start to life in Italian football. He has played just three times for the club. He has sat on the bench for the club’s last eight games.

LEEDS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Lee Gregory of Millwall and Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Millwall at Elland Road on January 20, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

However, after a three-game winless streak, Sampdoria made changes for the trip to Roma at the weekend and Vieira was handed his first start for the club.

Vieira played the full 90 minutes and was perhaps one of the few Sampdoria players to come away with any credit from a 4-1 defeat.

 

Considering his midfield partners Karol Linetty and Denis Praet were hauled off, the former Leeds star might be hoping this is the start of a regular place in the starting XI for Sampdoria.

Leeds fans will no doubt wish their former talent all the best in his brave endeavour. Hopefully, after the international break, he can maintain his place in the Sampdoria starting line-up.

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