Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be looking forward to seeing some of their youngsters in action in the coming weeks after Paul Heckingbottom confirmed some of them may get their chance to impress.
The manager, who arrived at the club in February, has stated that 16-year-old Ryan Edmondson could get a taste of Championship action before the end of the season having impressed for the under-18’s in recent months.
The striker, who has already netted a hat-trick for the academy side, has been closely watched by the management of the Elland Road outfit and has joined in on a number of training sessions with the senior side. Heckingbottom has revealed he has been impressed with his development, however, admitted it would still need to be managed properly.
“He’s been scoring lots of goals,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We had him training with us a few weeks ago and used him in a game and he did really well.
“From my own point of view, I think he has a great attitude. He behaves like a man in terms of his enthusiasm, what is expected and how vocal he is which is nice to see in young players because you don’t often get that.”
Heckingbottom also revealed that it was up to the player should he be given a chance in the first-team, stating that it was not out of the question.
“No, he’s on form,” he added.
“He’s trained with us a few times and done well, played in a game and done very well. It’s down to the player, the player will always determine whether they play or not and I say it to them all the time.
“You’ve got to force my hand and get in the team.”
The locals in the Tavern will be excited to see what the youngster can offer the Whites in the future, especially as they have nothing but pride to play for in the remaining games of the season. Many punters will be wishing him well and hope he can make a name for himself at this young age.
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