Noel Whelan has claimed Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson has taken a “step backwards” by quitting Aberdeen for a new loan at Northampton Town.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker is convinced Edmondson, 19, has what it takes to make it at a “big club”.
But he believes the teenager will at least benefit from playing regularly in League One and tipped him to make a big impact.
📰 #LUFC forward Ryan Edmondson has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 14, 2021
Leeds announced last week that Edmondson had joined up with Northampton for the rest of the season after his half-season loan at Aberdeen ended.
The front man had scored two goals and supplied two assists in 16 matches for the Dons.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, I mean it’s a step backwards when you look at the level, absolutely, because he was in the Scottish Premiership at a very good, competitive side in Aberdeen.
“The fact that he scored two goals and got two assists up there says to me that he can go on and do better at a bigger club.
“Unfortunately, right now, he’s got this [Northampton] opportunity and in my opinion, he probably will be playing week in, week out and I think he needs that.
“That’s something that he desperately needs and wants to have, that start in every single game, in the first XI, playing regularly, getting that confidence up in his own ability, but it’s up to him to make it work and to make it count.
“I do feel that he’s good enough to go up there and get goals, absolutely, and if he’s playing regularly then, if you give him the service, we’ve seen in the Under-23s and his time up in Aberdeen, when he’s got the opportunity, he’ll put the ball in the back of the net.
“I think right now, until the end of the season, he has got to be playing 90 minutes to progress his career.”