Sheffield United are apparently edging closer to the signing of former Leeds and now Sampdoria midfielder, Ronaldo Vieira.
Reports last night claimed that Vieira had all but agreed terms with United over a loan move which could include an option for the Blades to buy the midfielder in the future.
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Vieira has suffered from a few injuries while over in Italy. But, Sampdoria did pay around £7m for the 23-year-old when he was still a teenager.
Clearly, then, there is a talent there when it comes to Ronaldo Vieira.
But just what is he all about? And will he be a success at Sheffield United?
We spoke to Alfie Burns from LeedsAllOver to get the full lowdown as United edge closer to a first summer signing.
Vieira to fit in with a ‘bit of everything’
Speaking to Burns, who witness Vieira burst onto the scene with Leeds before Marcelo Bielsa arrived, it’s clear that the midfielder is a very good player on his day.
“Vieira has a little bit of everything. He’s good in the tackle, makes good use of the ball and looks to get forwards. Don’t get me wrong, he won’t score many, but he’s got that spectacular strike in him,” Burns stated.
“At Leeds he was young and it was difficult to know what to expect when he broke through. However, he adapted really well to Championship football and never looked like a teenager out of his depth.”
Despite impressing for Leeds as a teen, the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa saw Vieira moved onto pastures new. And Burns says that the focus on Kalvin Phillips is probably to blame for Vieira not being at Elland Road.
“It was a shock when Marcelo Bielsa gave his exit the green-light back in 2018. He put his focus into Kalvin Phillips and that’s worked out. My feeling is that he could have had similar success with Vieira had he stayed,” he added.
“It sounds like he’s had a couple of injury issues in Italy and that’s maybe a little bit of a concern. If you see the Ronaldo Vieira we did in Leeds, though, he’ll be a hit.”
It seems very much, then, that Sheffield United fans can get excited about the arrival of Vieira. If, of course, that deal is pushed over the line in the coming days.