It has been a rather tumultuous start at Leeds United for youngster Ryan Edmondson. The powerful striker has already featured twice for Leeds at just 17 years of age.
A big, physical striker, Edmondson is a nod to the older version of English football. Certainly, he offers something different in a Leeds side brimming with smaller, more technically-gifted players.
Edmondson came off the bench in the 2-1 loss to Birmingham City in September. That was after he played in the 2-0 win over QPR – Paul Heckingbottom’s last competitive match in charge.
Indeed, Heckingbottom used Edmondson in the end-of-season trip to Myanmar, and an appearance in September would have had the former York City star dreaming of a run in the first team.
Six months later, and Edmondson remains a squad player for the Under-23’s after an injury. He posted on Instagram a motivational message, and it is certainly something he will need to adhere to if he is to make a third senior appearance.
Edmondson has been in strong form for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side, scoring on a consistent basis when given the chance. He found the back of the net in the Premier League Cup win over Southampton recently.
The likes of Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts remain above Edmondson in the pecking order. But with the business end of the season coming to fruition, he could be the plan B Bielsa is after.