By Nick Ware

14th Jan, 2021 | 10:00pm

Done deal: Leeds talent exits on loan after terms agreed

Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson has joined League One strugglers Northampton Town on loan for the rest of the season after returning from Aberdeen.

Edmondson spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen but left earlier this week after scoring just twice for The Dons, both goals coming in a 4-2 win over Hamilton on October 20 after which he endured a nine-game barren run in front of goal before he left Pittodrie.

He will now join Northampton for the rest of the season where he will hope to add a more prolific touch to a team that are fighting for survival.

After Edmondson’s capture was confirmed Northampton manager Keith Curle paid tribute to Leeds for allowing the 19-year-old to join the Cobblers on a temporary basis, telling the club website, “He is a player we spotted a while ago and have tracked for some time, we tried to sign him in the last transfer window and I am delighted we have been able to secure his signature now.

“It is also pleasing that Leeds United have seen how we help to develop young players and are happy to allow Ryan to join us at this stage of his career.”

Despite some believing that Edmondson was entering the final few months of his contract, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth dispelled this myth and clarified that the young striker had indeed signed a new three-year contract earlier this season.

Chance to impress closer to home

Leeds will be hoping that Edmondson’s loan spell at Northampton goes better than his previous one at Aberdeen.

The striker started only three times in the Scottish Premiership despite the lack of goals across Aberdeen’s frontline, with preferred pairing Sam Cosgrove (three) and Curtis Main (two) only netting five between them in the league this season.

Edmondson’s only previous experience in senior English football was a solitary appearance for York City in the National League North in 2017 so this will be his first taste of the English Football League.

With the striker tie down to longer terms Leeds can now concentrate on ensuring he receives the best possible education before he is considered for the first team.

That seems a long way off at the moment but Marcelo Bielsa has shown he is not afraid of handing young players the chance to impress, with a raft of prodigious talents on the bench in the recent 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Regardless, if Edmondson impresses at Northampton he can at least start eyeing up a loan move to the Championship next season as he bids to break into Bielsa’s side over the coming years.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling makes his Brighton prediction as the Whites get set for a big clash on Saturday.