Phil Hay: I don't think Bielsa is convinced by this young Leeds forward
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa might not be convinced by young striker Ryan Edmondson, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Edmondson, 18, has been one of the more impressive players in Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s side but is yet to be selected by Bielsa in a matchday squad for the first-team this season.
The York-born teenager was handed one appearance by Bielsa last season when he came off the bench against Birmingham in September 2018 but since then has not been seen in action for the senior side.
Despite playing well for the Under-23s, Hay reckons that Bielsa has not seen enough in terms of development from the 18-year-old forward.
“I don’t think he does fit in at this stage. I don’t think Bielsa is sold on him completely,” he said on the Phil Hay Show podcast via Spotify [58m27s].
“If he was and he thought Edmondson was definitely ready, he would have certainly been in one of the squads up until now. Particularly when they’ve been short of bodies and in that stretch when [Eddie] Nketiah was injured.
“I don’t think Edmondson had a great summer. I don’t think he progressed in the way that Bielsa would have liked and he does seem to be a little further back than your guys like [Jordan] Stevens and [Robbie] Gotts, even though he does keep scoring for the Under-23s.”
Bielsa has not shied away from using Leeds’ academy products to boost the numbers in his senior squad on matchdays.
The Whites have suffered from an abnormal amount of injuries during the Argentine’s time in charge of the club and their relatively small squad means that youngsters are called upon regularly.
However Edmondson is someone who simply hasn’t been able to make the step up from the Under-23s to the first-team under Bielsa and that is a worrying sign about the teenager’s long-term future at Elland Road so long as the South American is in charge.
Maybe a loan spell away from the club will do Edmondson the world of good and with the January transfer window close to opening, it could be something that will soon be on the cards if there are any takers.
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