Leeds United will be hoping to build on some impressive showings in their 2019/20 league campaign.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League after being beaten by Derby County in their play-off semi-final.
There will be an expectation on Bielsa’s squad to deliver a long-awaited promotion to the Premier League next season, and they’ll be keen to get off to a winning start against Bristol City this weekend.
But they’ll have to do it without star forward, Kemar Roofe, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
It has also been reported by Football Insider, that Leeds have accepted an offer in the region of £5m for Roofe, who scored 14 goals in the Championship last term.
So it looks as though the Whites are keen to cash in on the former Oxford United man instead of letting the final year of his contract run until the end of the season.
It leaves Marcelo Bielsa short of options in attack heading into the new season, with Patrick Bamford being the only recognised striker in his squad.
If Bielsa isn’t given funds to strengthen his squad before the transfer window, then it could be the ideal opportunity for a Leeds youngster to prove himself at senior level.
Ryan Edmondson could be that man, and it seems as though he could soon be called upon by Bielsa to challenge Bamford for a starting spot in the first-team.
The young forward was in impressive form for the Whites’ under 23’s side as they won the Premier League Professional Development League Group North title.
There have been calls from a number of Leeds United fans for Edmondson to be given the chance to impress at senior level, and their calls could soon be answered if Roofe was to depart.
The 18-year-old will be keen to prove himself at this level, and Bielsa will surely be tempted to give Edmondson a chance in the near future before finding a replacement for Roofe in the transfer market.
There’s no doubting that it would be a sizeable void left by Roofe if he was to leave the Yorkshire-based club, but Edmondson could be the striker to fill that this season.
It would be a gamble to start him regularly, but Edmondson comes across as the sort of player that could thrive in Bielsa’s team, especially when playing in front of the likes of Helder Costa and Pablo Hernandez.
So, Edmondson wouldn’t be short of service this season, as Hernandez and Costa have shown in the past that they can perform to an exceptionally high standard at Championship level.
It’s set to be an interesting season ahead for Leeds, and Edmondson could play a starring role for the Whites, and will be eager to prove himself in the first-team if Roofe is to depart for Anderlecht in the near future.