Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that he could hand a debut role to 16-year-old starlet Ryan Edmondson.
The youngster is already training with the senior side as the boss continues to experiment with what he has available to him.
The “on form” striker has clearly caught the eye of Heck after only moving to Elland Road back in November from York City.
Speaking to the media ahead of the weekend’s Championship clash with Sunderland at Elland Road and as quoted on Yorkshire Evening Post’s chief sports writer Phil Hay’s Twitter feed, the Leeds manager gave an update on Edmondson’s potential:
Heckingbottom on young striker Ryan Edmondson, who's training with the first team: "He's on form." Said he could get his debut before the end of the season. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 5, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Wow, what a massive opportunity this would be for the youngster and it shows how highly he’s regarded. With Pierre-Michel Lasogga seemingly on his way out and Caleb Ekuban facing waves of criticism for being unable to finish, it leaves the door open for someone to cement the role as theirs. The club’s latest defeat in the Championship against Fulham was symptomatic of what has been happening up front all season: good build up play leading to an opportunity on goal but an inability to finish proving costly. With six games remaining until the season ends, Heckingbottom is running out of time to decide what is his strongest side.
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