Leeds United have to keep hold of Aberdeen loanee Ryan Edmondson, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Whites and Dons forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted that the Yorkshire club “cannot allow” the 19-year-old to leave after an impressive return from injury.

Edmondson suffered an ankle injury during his first week at Aberdeen but bounced back by contributing two goals and an assist in his first start for against Hamilton last week.

The centre-forward started Aberdeen’s 3-3 daw against Celtic on Sunday, his seventh appearance for the Dons since arriving on loan from Leeds.

Whelan is blown away by the character shown by the teenager in Scotland.

“He gets that great move to Aberdeen where it’s a fantastic club, it really is,” he told Football Insider.

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“I had a great season there, great people there in and around the club, and then he gets that horrible injury.

“That could have set a lot of people back, especially young players, but it didn’t do that to him. Not only have we got someone who can score and create goals but it’s someone that’s got the right attitude and head on his shoulders.

“We’ve got a fighter. Now we’ve got to keep tabs on him, we really do. We can’t allow him to go after he’s come back like that.

“It’s like a boxer – when you lose a bout, you come back and you win that belt again. You could easily feel sorry for yourself but he’s come back even harder.

“I hope he goes on from strength to strength and shows what a good signing for Aberdeen he’s going to be.”

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