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Introducing: Leeds United’s future number nine, Ryan Edmondson

Introducing: Leeds United’s future number nine, Ryan Edmondson

He’s a special talent, isn’t he? Ever since arriving at his boyhood club just over a year ago, Ryan Edmondson has excelled for both Leeds United’s under-18’s and under-23’s. Given his form for both sides during his time at Thorp Arch, more first-team opportunities could be on their way in the near future.

Since his arrival in West Yorkshire, Edmondson has continually been praised and rightfully so. The Harrogate-born starlet made his first-team debut on the last day of last season, coming on for a 16-minute cameo in a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

This campaign, he has continued to work hard in the under-23s and that was rewarded with some further first-team involvement in the early stages of the season. He featured on the bench a handful of times and within them call-ups to the first-team, he was substituted on in a 2-1 loss to Birmingham City.

The 17-year-old has continued to do what he does best throughout the season, though: scoring goals and posing a threat inside the box. Edmondson’s brace on Monday took him to 14 goals for the season, a mightily impressive tally for someone so young.

He may still be rather raw which is down to an understandable lack of first-team experience, but that expertise will come with time. Given that Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are the clear-cut options, for now, Edmondson may be suited to a loan in the football league that would provide him with consistent opportunities to show what he can do.

For now, it must be kept in mind that considering the intense run-in for Championship promotion, he is unlikely to get another chance this season in the first-team.

Looking ahead to next campaign though, Edmondson should look to solidify his reputation in youth football, as he will still just be 18, and then potentially look for a loan in the second half of the campaign or the following season to get a better understanding of a consistent first-team environment if opportunities at Elland Road do not arise that often.

Even still, whichever route he takes, there is no doubt that in the coming years he will be hot on the heels of both Roofe and Bamford for that number nine shirt.

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