Leeds United chiefs

Noel Whelan has expressed his shock that Leeds United reportedly handed striker Ryan Edmondson a three-year contract at the start of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed it is “quite a surprise to me” the club opted to hand the 19-year-old a long-term deal and then not even announce it.

That is according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, in a new report stating Edmondson has signed a deal running until 2023.

Mysteriously, there has been no announcement from Leeds even though the striker has made two first-team appearances and regularly made the senior squad.

Whelan told Football Insider: In my opinion, that’s quite a surprise to me, especially when he’s obviously not really been looked upon within the first team.

“He’s never featured, even we’ve been struggling for centre-forwards, he’s never been looked upon on the bench. It’s something where he now has that comfort of being at the club and having a contract.

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“It’s now about him to go and make that work.

“If he’s going be a Leeds United player and he’s going to break through into that first-team, because we’re not Championship any more, we’re in the Premier League, he’s really got to up his game and get to a standard where it’s very difficult for Marcelo Bielsa to overlook him.”

Leeds announced last week that Edmondson will spend the second half of this season on loan at League One outfit Northampton Town.

He was at Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen for the first half of the campaign, scoring two goals and providing two assists from 16 matches.

In other news, Leeds United have been tipped to sign huge Premier League name after his deal’s terminated.