Exclusive: Whelan makes bold claim as Leeds youngster agrees terms with new club
Noel Whelan believes Leeds United forward Ryan Edmondson will be a success during his loan spell with Aberdeen.
The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, insisted the experience of playing for the Scottish side will “turn him into a man.”
Leeds confirmed on Friday that the 19-year-old has joined the Scottish Premiership outfit on a temporary basis until January.
The forward made his Dons debut the following day, as Derek McInnes’ side were narrowly beaten by Rangers on the opening weekend.
Whelan is adamant that he is wasted in Leeds’ under-23s team and that the move north of the boarder is ideal for all parties.
“I think it’s a move that suits both Aberdeen and Ryan Edmundson there,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“When you look at how Aberdeen play they’ve got a big target man who’s out injured, so it suits getting him in for six months.
“I think it’s very difficult to go out there and produce your best football when you’ve only just gone to a club and you’re thrown in at the deep end against one of the title challenger.
“I think it’s good for him to go out there and get that experience and it will turn him into a man. You can’t do that in the under-23s so he needed to make this move.
“Aberdeen are a fantastic club, I’ve been there myself. They’ll look after him and make him feel welcome.
“I think when that happens you will see the best of him and he’ll start putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Edmondson featured just twice for Leeds’ senior side, after coming through the ranks at Elland Road.
His parent club will be playing top-flight football for the first time in 16 years next term, having secured the Championship title in July.
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