Newcastle United played very well last Saturday afternoon at Elland Road to get a deserved 2-0 win against a good in-form side in Leeds United.
Before the game Rafa had told the players it would be tough, but that it was also a test for them to see just how good they are – and we must say they seem to be improving as the season goes on.
The atmosphere at Leeds was white-hot but our players handled it all very well and we dare say there’s the makings of a very good side from the squad Rafa assembled in the summer.
Ronaldo Vieira – 18 year-old Leeds midfielder
And the Newcastle manager will be keen to add quality in the upcoming January and summer transfer windows.
If we do manage to get promoted this season Newcastle could be spending some big money in the summer to bring in maybe two or three top players to improve the quality of the team.
Rafa will want to aim at the top half of the Premier League table – at least.
We have already written about how impressive 23 year-old left back Charlie Taylor looked in the game, but the other Leeds United player we are supposed to be keen on is 18 year-old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.
The report was in the Chronicle last week that we were keen on these two Leeds players and certainly we were linked a number of times with Taylor last summer.
But we have never been linked with young Vieira, who once played for Whitley Bay Boys Club.
And Ronaldo had an average kind of game on Saturday at Elland Road.
The skillful midfielder was born in Guinea-Bissau and raised in Portugal, where he was at the Benfica Academy.
In 2011 he left Portugal with his family and moved to England and played for a time for Whitley Bay Boys Club, before moving to Yorkshire where he played two seasons for Batley Phoenix in the Huddersfield Junior Football League.
Ronaldo joined Leeds only 14 months ago after having a successful trial there and he’s made very rapid progress since then.
Vieira made his debut for Leeds on May 7th last year at Preston North End in the final game of last season, when he came on as a sub.
He has now played 15 times in total for Leeds and it remains to be seen if Rafa will try to sign the teenager – probably next summer – since we cannot see manager Garry Monk wanting to lose him in January with Leeds looking to mount promotion challenge.
And if Leeds do get promoted there may be little chance of us signing either Taylor or Vieira.
Here’s a look at Ronaldo – it’s his brilliant winner late in the game at Norwich City in their previous game before meeting Newcastle.
Newcastle will be trying to sign top teenagers in January and next summer and these younger players can be given some time to develop and hopefully become first team players at Newcastle under the coaching of the 56 year-old Benitez and his staff.
What do you think?