Leeds United have had quite a few brilliant number nine’s over the years.
The likes of Mark Viduka and Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink have all worn the famous shirt number in recent times whilst Patrick Bamford currently holds the honour at Elland Road.
Looking to follow in the footsteps of these players is teenager Ryan Edmondson. After signing for the Whites in 2017 from York City, the forward has climbed through the youth ranks at Thorp Arch and is currently experiencing a season to remember for the club’s Under-23’s.
Edmonson’s 17 league goals in the Professional Development League North have played a major role in Carlos Corberan’s side’s dominance of the division which saw them lift the title last month.
His latest strike came in Monday’s 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town and illustrated to first-team manager Marcelo Bielsa, who was in attendance at Elland Road, just what he is capable of producing.
Although it would be naive to suggest that the Argentine should consider starting Edmondson in what is such a pivotal period of the season, his development could be bolstered by a substitute appearance between now and May.
The 17-year-old has not featured for Leeds since making a brief cameo against Birmingham City in September and has had to watch on as fellow academy players Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton have been given opportunities to impress.
There is no doubting that Edmondson could be a starter in the coming years for Leeds if he continues to produce at youth level for the club yet he may benefit from a loan spell elsewhere next season, especially if the club are promoted to the Premier League.
By experiencing what the lower leagues of English football have to offer, the striker will be able to return to Elland Road with a level of wisdom that youth football simply cannot provide.
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