Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa should definitely consider giving teenager Ryan Edmondson a run in the first-team again after an inspired performance for the club’s u-23 side on Friday evening.
The young striker was the hero on the night after scoring a late winner in their Premier League Cup match against Notts County at Nethermoor Park.
Edmondson came on from the bench in the second-half an immediately boosted the club’s chances of breaking the deadlock after Notts made it 1-1 in the 57th minute.
For Bielsa, the performance by the 17-year-old Edmondson could be encouraging and might help the Whites earn promotion to the Premier League by the end of the season.
Despite a 2-1 win over Swansea City last week, Leeds have struggled since the start of the New Year and have slipped down to third in the Championship with Norwich City and Sheffield United above them.
But, Bielsa would certainly feel his side can return to the summit of the league table soon if they can get a string of good performances together and with a game in hand the club they should still be optimistic.
Edmondson, though, could play a key role in the club achieving that fate if he features in the first-team again.
He made two appearances from the bench earlier this season against QPR and Birmingham City and could provide good competition for the club’s current strikers Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford.
The Roofe and Bamford partnership has struggled to get going since Bielsa brought Bamford into the starting line-up a few weeks ago, which could be boosted if Edmondson gets called up to the squad.
Leeds host the struggling Bolton Wanderers at Elland Road this coming weekend and it could be the prime occasion for Bielsa to draft Edmondson back into the matchday squad and give him a run as a substitute.
The experience will also be highly beneficial to the development and grow his personal game. Indeed, it could be a good time for the manager to look to the younger players to see what they can offer to the team.