By Noel Whelan

19th Jun, 2021 | 11:50am

Whelan verdict on Edmondson quitting Leeds for good after big development

Noel Whelan has insisted Ryan Edmondson still has a future at Leeds United – if he has a “standout” season at Fleetwood Town.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 20-year-old needed to impress with the Cod Army this term.

As confirmed last week (June 11th), Edmondson has joined Fleetwood on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old had temporary spells at Aberdeen and Northampton Town during the 2020/21 campaign.

Edmondson reportedly has two years left on his contract at Elland Road, although nothing has been officially announced by the club.

Whelan suggested Edmondson could still forge a career with Leeds if he can impress during his loan spell.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s an opportunity to go to a team where they like to play football.

“He’s got a platform here to really work with. Many seasons now he has been just sitting in the background, waiting for an opportunity.

“He went to Aberdeen, got injured. He really needs to get off to a flyer, I think. Have a really good preseason under his belt, get as fit as he possibly can and then make this loan move work.

“There’s still life for him at Leeds, there really is, but he needs to progress now. He’s 20 now, this is when he really needs to start shining. He’s been given the platform, the opportunity.

“It may be disappointing to some players going from a top-flight club out on loan. I see it as an opportunity for them to put themselves on the big stage here. I don’t want to see players at that age playing in the under-23s.

“They’re going to learn their trade by playing real football with a club and it’s up to him to make it work. He’s got to show that professionalism.

“He should be, in my opinion, coming from Leeds United to Fleetwood a standout. No disrespect but he should be leading that team out there.”

Edmondson has played just twice for Leeds’ senior side to date.

He made 16 starts in 37 appearances across his spells at Aberdeen and Northampton, scoring three goals.

In other news, Leeds United are confident of signing another young forward by July 1st after breakthrough.