By Noel Whelan

12th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Edmondson could force way back into Leeds reckoning after significant development - Whelan

Noel Whelan has suggested Ryan Edmondson could force his way back into the first-team reckoning at Leeds United with a successful loan spell at Port Vale.

The former Leeds striker and club ambassador, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted “the door is never closed” for players out on loan.

Leeds confirmed last week (4 January) the 20-year-old had been recalled from Fleetwood and would join Port Vale for the rest of the season.

It is the striker’s fourth loan spell since July 2020.

Whelan insisted a good run at Port Vale would put Edmondson back in Marcelo Bielsa’s thinking moving forward.

Asked if Edmondson could return to Leeds a changed player with a successful loan spell, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Absolutely. Look, he was not really one that Marcelo Bielsa favoured.

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“He can still be poking away at the manager, reminding him: ‘I’m still here‘. That’s all you want to do.

“When you go out to a lower division from a Premier League club and the nice facilities, it’s about desire. It’s about attitude.

“It’s about that willingness to make something succeed, no matter where you are. Show that you can do it out on loan.

“Of course it’s not easy going out on loan, feeling like you’re a little bit pushed out the door. But you’re there for a reason.

“You’re there to prove you’ve got the right character and attitude. That you can put in performances no matter what level it may be. These are great experiences and times for the young players.

“If you can adapt to it, show the right attitude and character while you’re out on the field, bag the goals and get that confidence that you need to finish the season strongly, everyone stands up and takes notice.

“The door’s never closed when you’re out on loan as a Leeds United player. Everyone understands that.”

Edmondson has played just twice for Leeds’ senior side since breaking through the youth ranks.

He had loan spells at Aberdeen, Northampton and Fleetwood before joining Port Vale.

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