For Leeds United fans, their U23s have been just as interesting to watch as their senior side this season. A number of first team players have featured for the age group side when recovering from injury, catching the fan’s eyes. However, last night saw the 17-year-old Ryan Edmondson make the headlines and grab the fan’s attention as he bagged a brace.
Class from the boys to finish top of the group, good to be back scoring https://t.co/i3w82epal4
— Ryan Edmondson (@Ryan_edmondson9) 25 February 2019
The pint-sized Leeds side faced their Newcastle equivalents in the final match of Group H in the Premier League Cup knowing that a win would see them top their group despite the fact they lost their two opening games. It was a chance for any of the White’s young squad to step up and make a name for themselves, and despite the fact that Edmondson is only 17-years-old, he was the man to step up.
The young striker grabbed two goals in the win, securing the Yorkshire side their place in the next round. It may not be the most interesting competition for the fans to follow, but they’ll be keeping a close eye given the way some of their youngsters are playing. A lot of fans would love to see more of their academy stars step up to the senior side and given Marcelo Bielsa’s willingness to call on youth, Ryan Edmondson could be the next in-club star to shine in the senior side.
You can read the Whites’ messages for Edmondson after his brace for the U23s here:
Well done Ryan fantastic performance from yourself great to see you having fun with the crowd too.
— Barney (@BarneyStuart21) 25 February 2019
Great performance Ryan whole team is doing well proud of you all
— John McNamara (@jkmcnamara) 26 February 2019
Well played lad first team beckoning MOT.
— R.Cartwright (@rogercart57) 26 February 2019
Very well played , two well taken goals !!
— jim clarke (@jimclarke19) February 25, 2019
Very well played lad!! A proper number 9
— Joey Morton (@joeymorton17) 25 February 2019
Very well played lad, you looked fast and strong, some great running into the channels, looked sharp. First team bench soon
— Richard Auty (@AutyRichard) 25 February 2019
You were class mate top effort.
— Jamie (@JamWhipp) 25 February 2019
Keep it up Ryan, smashing it atm lad
— JT (@lufc_) February 25, 2019
The Whites are loving seeing Edmondson star for the U23s and will be desperate for him to be in the senior side sooner or later.