Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that strikers Ryan Edmondson and Sam Dalby could both make their first-team debuts against QPR at Elland Road on Sunday.
Both Edmondson, 16, and Dalby, 18, had been in good form for Leeds’ youth squads this season and many fans have been urging the club to hand the youngsters more of a chance given how the season fizzled out months ago and senior players have been well out of form.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Heckingbottom announced that he has been casting his rule over the striker duo and admits that they could be in the squad for the Championship finale against QPR.
“He is really keen and desperate to do well,” he said about Edmondson, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We may do [play him against QPR], he has not trained with us today but he trained with us earlier in the week.”
When asked about Dalby, the Leeds manager added: “Similar, we have been looking at both of them.”
Football Insider verdict
This is way overdue and there’s literally no point in playing the senior players against QPR on Sunday, especially those who are most likely not to be at Elland Road next season. Matthew Pennington and Pierre-Michel Lasogga must not even be in the squad for the final game of the campaign as their form has been horrific and there’s no chance of them staying in West Yorkshire in the future. That means Heckingbottom should play as many youth players as possible. Paudie O’Connor, Tom Pearce, Dalby and Edmondson should all be in the squad, with two or three of them at least getting into the starting line-up. QPR aren’t a very good team and with Leeds playing at Elland Road, it’s a perfect for them to earn senior debuts and get valuable experience under their belts. Heckingbottom has had success with youngsters this term, and he will certainly please the fans by giving the teenagers a run out.
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