It’s as if he’s dangling the carrot of hope in front of him, only to keep yanking it away whenever he gets close.
Whilst the Leeds first team have been struggling in front of goal this season, with one of the lowest chance conversion rates in the division, one person who hasn’t had those problems is youngster Ryan Edmondson, who has been quite prolific for the U23 side. His exploits have led a few fans to demand he be given a chance in the first team, but their demands have fallen on deaf ears.
That doesn’t mean that there haven’t been chances to prove himself at a senior level though, but once again he’s had the door slammed in his face by Marcelo Bielsa.
According to Phil Hay of The Athletic, there have been some clubs interested in taking him on board. When asked during a recent Q&A about whether or not he was likely to leave on loan in this window, he responded:
“There is interest – Blackpool were keen, Steve Evans at Gillingham had a look last summer – but when Bielsa was asked about it, he essentially said that it wasn’t right for Edmondson’s development, even though Edmondson appears to have no prospect of playing for the first team at the moment. It’s a slightly odd scenario. He trains with the first team constantly but it sees apparent that Bielsa doesn’t feel he’s ready to step up.”
So it looks as if he’s set to stay where he is for the time being. With the arrival of Jean-Kevin Augustin, barring a severe injury crisis, his chances of making the breakthrough fans have been crying out for are pretty slim.
Should Bielsa offer Edmondson a chance to prove himself?
It looks like he’s just going to have to keep up that good form and maybe there will be some movement in the summer.