EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United wonderkid Ryan Edmondson is set to be included in the squad for this weekend’s final game of the season against Queens Park Rangers, Football Insider sources understand.
Edmondson has caught the eye of Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom in recent weeks following his arrival from York City in January.
The 16-year-old has impressed for Leeds’ Under-18s side and Heckingbottom has involved him in training with the first-team on several occasions.
Heckingbottom has been forced to blood a number of youngsters at the back end of this season due to a crippling injury list at Elland Road.
The likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Tom Pearce and Paudie O’Connor have been drafted into the first-team in the last couple of months and now Edmondson is in line to be the latest youngster to be promoted into the first-team.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Edmondson is expected to be named on the bench for the season finale against QPR as Heckingbottom looks to reward him for his development since joining the club.
Leeds have endured a miserable second half of the season with Heckingbottom securing just three wins from his first 15 games in charge at Elland Road.
The only shining light for Leeds fans since the turn of the year is the emergence of a number of young players from the club’s academy into the first-team and Edmondson looks like being the latest to benefit.