Ryan Edmondson is likely to head back out of Leeds United either permanently or temporarily this month.

That is according to ex-Elland Road man and lifelong Leeds supporter Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs as the striker returned from a disappointing loan spell with Aberdeen.

Edmondson missed the start of the season with an ankle injury but made 14 appearances for the Dons thereafter.

He netted two goals — both against Hamilton Academical in October — but failed to get on the scoresheet in any other match.

Whelan believes that Edmondson may never now make it at Leeds.

He told Football Insider: “Probably not, no. I think if Marcelo Bielsa was ever gonna give him a chance, it would have been last season.

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“His opportunities weren’t there. He wasn’t even getting in the squad. So if I had to put money on it, I would say he isn’t going to get an opportunity.

“I’d probably put more money on him going out on loan somewhere else if the chance crops up.

“I don’t see the point in keeping hold of a player who’s not going to benefit anyone, himself or the under-23s. He needs more progression.

“If you’re not going to play him in the first-team then he’s not Premier League ready. So there’s no point keeping him at Leeds, sitting in the under-23s if he’s not gonna get used. You may as well find another loan.

“Maybe he needs something a little bit closer to home, a League One or League Two club where he’s gonna play regularly. There he’d find about himself, find out whether he can play when it’s not nicey-nicey.”

Edmondson has been on the books with Leeds since joining from York City 2017, making just two senior appearances in that time.

He has also represented England at Under-19 level, making three appearances since 2019.

In other news, Leeds United are poised to try and sign a Liverpool defender this January.