Newcastle United are interested in Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira according to reports this morning.
The Journal say that United have been tracking the two Leeds players this season and continue to have scouts watching them ahead of the January transfer window.
Charlie Taylor has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs as well as Newcastle and the 23 year old left-back has played every minute of the 16 Championship matches so far.
First choice at Elland Road for the last couple of years after a number of loans to lower division teams, Taylor looks set to make the step up to the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Newcastle’s left-back situation is still unresolved, with both Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez brought in this summer but yet to start a Championship match, due to both injuries and deemed to be not ready for the demands of the Championship by Rafa.
In the event, apart from a one-off at Bristol City when Ciaran Clark played there, Paul Dummett has played the other 15 games and put in steady performances. However, after over 60 matches over the previous three seasons, it is clear that the Geordie Welsh international isn’t the answer if Newcastle get back up at the first time of asking.
Also reported to be interesting Newcastle and being watched by them is Charlie Taylor’s 18 year old teammate, central midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.
The 18 year old midfielder was born in Guinea Bissau but then raised in Portugal, where he ended up enrolling at the S.L.Benfica Academy.
However, he and his family then moved to England with the intention of trying to progress his and his brother’s football careers. Ronaldo Vieira has a twin brother called Romario, the pair named after the legendary Brazilian strikers.
They ended up in the north east and Ronaldo Vieira began playing at Whitley Bay Boys Club, before then moving on to Yorkshire and playing youth football there.
September 2015 saw a trial at Leeds United and he was taken into their Academy, making his first team debut on 7 May 2016 as a substitute, only two days after signing his first (two year) professional deal (brother Romario was also then signed on a one year deal for this current season).
Progress has been rapid and despite only turning 18 in July, Ronaldo Vieira has made 13 appearances already, confirming Leeds’ reputation as a club where young players are given a chance.
Newcastle fans of course are set to see Charlie Taylor and also potentially Ronaldo Vieira in action this Sunday and the midfielder has been talking ahead of the match.
Ronaldo Vieira speaking to official Leeds United site:
“We have had two weeks to prepare for Newcastle and we have been working on the things we need to for that game.
“I’m really looking forward to the Newcastle game, I’ve never played at Elland Road when it has been full, so it will be a good experience and I am ready to embrace it.
“For me individually it has been a great season so far, I didn’t expect to be involved with the first team as much as I have been, I just have to keep working and building on performances.”