By Noel Whelan

9th Jan, 2020 | 5:38pm

'He needs to go' - Exclusive: Whelan urges Leeds player to push for exit on loan this month

Noel Whelan has urged promising Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson to try and push for a loan move this month after his lack of senior opportunities.

The former Leeds forward and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 18-year-old is finding reserve football too easy and he needs a fresh challenge to further his development.

Edmondson has scored on a regular basis for the under-23s this season, including twice against Hull on Sunday, but has not been included in a single matchday squad for the senior side.

Whelan says that with no first-team football forthcoming under Bielsa, the promising hot shot needs to find a move which will give him regular action at a professional level.

“We’re very, very light, probably by two strikers,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“Edmondson’s not even getting a look in even though he’s banging goals in for the under-23s. That’s becoming too easy for Ryan Edmondson.

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“He needs to go out on loan if he’s not going to be used by the football club because we need to see progression in his future.”

Edmondson has just two first-team appearances under his belt for Leeds since coming through the youth system at Elland Road, both coming off the substitutes’ bench in the Championship.

He has eight goals under his belt for the under-23s this season, including three in the last two games.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal the club have turned to a Premier League striker to solve their issue up front.