Noel Whelan suggested Marcelo Bielsa is wrong to continually freeze out Leeds United attacker Ryan Edmondson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-Leeds striker was up in arms over Edmondson not at least making the bench for the 1-0 loss to QPR.
The Leeds manager named youngsters such as Oliver Casey, Jordan Stevens and Alfie McCalmont on his bench for the clash with QPR, but had no natural striker among his options.
Whelan revealed that by not choosing Edmondson then it implied that Bielsa was being a little stubborn and stuck in his ways.
When asked if Edmondson should have been on the bench against QPR as it’s better to have an unproven attacker to roll the dice on than no one at all, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah absolutely.
“You’ve only got one recognised striker in the club in the form of Patrick Bamford, if that’s all you’ve got, unfortunately, you’ve got to use him.
“He’s been scoring for fun in the U-23s, and sometimes beggars can’t be choosers.
“Even if you don’t fancy him as a player, you need some back up on the bench, you need an out-and-out striker on the bench and that’s all you’ve got, you’ve got to use him.
“It’s as simple as that, to not use him, is to be a little bit stubborn and stuck in your ways, you’ve got to have that outlet.”
The 18-year-old has managed to make a total of two appearances for Leeds’ senior side so far in his career, but Bielsa hasn’t called upon him this season.
The forward arrived at Elland Road in November 2017 after joining the Whites from York City and is contracted to stay with the Championship club until 2021.
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