By Joe Ellis

1st Feb, 2022 | 9:40pm

On-loan Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson scores first Port Vale goal

Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson, who is on loan at Port Vale in League Two opened his account for the Staffordshire side on Tuesday (1 Feburary).

The 20-year-old joined the Valiants early on in January having previously failed to make an impact at League One Fleetwood Town.

Vale offered Edmondson a second chance in the 2021-22 season, albeit at a lower level, and he has now scored his first goal of the campaign.

The six-foot two-inch striker was first on the spot at the front post to flick Chris Hussey’s cross into the far corner and give Vale the lead against League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers.

Just keep scoring

There perhaps isn’t much Edmondson can do now he is out on loan to impress Marcelo Bielsa but that shouldn’t stop him from trying.

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The Argentine appears to have backed Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt as his young stars to support the first team but this loan spell could allow Edmondson to rise above them both.

It all comes down to how he performs on the pitch, as it does everywhere in fairness, and if he can be the talismanic figure the Valiants need to gain promotion to League One.

If he can go on to score 10 goals in the second half of this campaign, there is no reason to suggest that Bielsa can discard him out on loan for another year over Gelhardt or Greenwood, both of whom could do with a short spell away from Elland Road.

On the flip side, however, a lack of goals during his time in Burslem might spell the end of his chances of success at Leeds United and that would see him begin his frantic search for a club lower down in the Football League.

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