Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to send promising forward Ryan Edmondson out on loan for next season.

The former Whites striker and boyhood fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 18-year-old should have left Elland Road in January after impressing for the under-23s.

The youngster had been playing and scoring regularly for the reserves this season before undergoing surgery in February which ruled him out for 12 weeks.

Whelan insists that the striker is not going to develop if he is not playing first-team football and believes he should not be at Elland Road next season.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He needs to go on loan, I’ve said this season. 

“If he’s not going to be used in the first-team then we need to be fair to this player. He’s banging goals in for fun, he’s got all the credentials there to be a very good player. 

“He’s something that is kind of going out of fashion now in football which is that six-foot, strong, main striker. He could be very well utilised, he’s a different type of player to what people come up against these days in the Championship.

“He’s got pace, he’s strong, he can hold the ball up, he’s got a great eye for a goal but if the club are going to not use him they’ve got to be fair with him and that means banging him out on loan, giving him that opportunity.

“Nobody wants to hold their career, he should have gone on loan in January because he’s been flying for a year-and-a-half now and under-23s is no good to him any more, it becomes a little bit too easy.” 

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