Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson needs regular football to continue his progression — that likely means a Championship move is imminent as “teams want him.”
That is according to ex-Scottish Premiership forward and boyhood Leeds fan Noel Whelan, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge as Edmondson returned from his half-season loan with Aberdeen.
The 19-year-old scored two goals in 15 appearances north of the border, with both coming against Aberdeen in a 4-2 win in October.
Been an honour, thank you for everything guys🙏🏼❤️ https://t.co/pIA2Lxjd1l
— Ryan Edmondson (@Ryan_edmondson9) January 10, 2021
Since then, however, the Harrogate-born forward has struggled to make a big impact and has now returned to Elland Road after Aberdeen confirmed the end of his loan spell.
According to Whelan, Edmondson’s first real taste of consistent senior football will have done him the world of good and he now needs to take that with him going forward, perhaps during another loan in the Championship.
He told Football Insider: “I think of a player of his age and that progression, he’s gone past the under-23s now. You’ve served your time, you’ve done your bit in the under-23s, that’s not going to push you any further forward in your career.
“What is happening now, he’s pushed himself further forward, he’s getting that experience at the top level with proper matches against proper opposition, with the pressure there as well.
“You’ve got to be able to handle the pressure, it’s not like under-23s, there is a bit of pressure but not like when you’re playing and there’s points at stake for a real game on a Saturday or a Wednesday night. This will do him the world of good.
“The good thing is he’s got himself in the picture where other teams are wanting him. That is the main part of it that he’s done his job, people have been impressed by him.
“Now it’s the next stage, do you come down to maybe Championship level, and really push yourself here?
“If he really wants to be back home and really test himself, the Championship is where he really needs to be.“
Edmondson probably won’t have to wait long to get back out on the pitch.
Bradford are reportedly bringing the England Under-19 striker to the club.