It seems clear as anything that Marcelo Bielsa is determined to blood the youth at Elland Road. The 63-year-old Argentine has been revolutionary since he turned up at Leeds and it looks like the latest prodigy who he’s providing with a chance is 17-year-old Ryan Edmondson. The young striker came off the bench against Birmingham and it looks like he’s in Bielsa’s plans.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) 9 October 2018
For a 17-year-old Leeds fan, playing in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa must be a dream come true and young Edmondson will be loving every minute of it. Edmondson stated himself he still pinches himself every day wondering if it’s real and it will only get more real for the young striker when he’s got some more minutes under his belt in the Championship for his boyhood club. Although, with the likes of Tyler Roberts and the returning Kemar Roofe ahead of him, it certainly won’t be easy for the striker.
Edmondson’s first minutes in the senior side for Leeds actually came under Paul Heckingbottom on the final day of last season. The 17-year-old came off the bench for the last 15 minutes against QPR in the club’s 2-0 win and the fact that Bielsa has come in and has stuck by the youngster must mean the world to him. This season looks like it could be a big one for both Leeds United and a lot of their young players. Lads like Jamie Shackleton, Jack Clarke and Tom Pearce are already reaping the rewards from Bielsa’s methods, and Edmondson will be keen to do the same.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on Edmondson here:
Well done to lad he is a great example of a young lad never giving up on his dream @umpleby73 you must be very proud seeing a lad you trained from an early age and seeing him now
— Barney (@BarneyStuart21) 9 October 2018
Playing for you boyhood team is amazing and you now have every #lufc fan behind you 100%
Just go out there and give 100% every single time
— Bry J Ump (@umpleby73) 9 October 2018
A legend in the making…
Keep working hard which you must be to make the bench… Learn, learn, learn… MOT.. ALAW…
— simon boley (@fatspinnerboley) October 9, 2018
He aint finished with you yet Ryan. Much more to come for you yet brother. MOT.
— Ste Whalley (@dbc44723f730404) 9 October 2018
Love hearing young players from the academy saying these things, you can see when they play that it’s very much a case of side before self and they love pulling on the shirt
— Richard Miles (@RicardoMiles) 9 October 2018
Soon lad it will be your turn to be out number 1 striker
— Pete’s Leeds 362 miles of ITK (@BadgeSmiley) 9 October 2018
Go on lad. Future #9 keep working hard.
— HHKMag (@HHKMag) October 9, 2018
Dreams do come true put the hours in reap the rewards futures bright young man good luck MOT.
— Roger Cartwright (@rogercart57) October 9, 2018
Leeds fans everywhere want to see Edmondson succeed and will hope he can leave his mark on the senior squad in the coming years.