Having picked up four points from a possible six in the Championship this season, Leeds United now face a tricky trip to Football League newcomers Salford City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
With Marcelo Bielsa set to shuffle his pack for the clash with the Red Devils, Ryan Edmondson would have hoped to be in line to make his first competitive start for the Whites since joining the club in 2017 from York City.
Yet unfortunately for the 18-year-old, it seems as if the Argentine has other plans in terms of who he wants to lead the line at Moor Lane.
Speaking to the press (as cited by LeedsLive) ahead of the Salford fixture, Bielsa hinted that loan signing Eddie Nketiah could feature, admitting: “Friday and Saturday he did evaluations, tests.
“Yesterday [Monday] he did real training, same as today.
“I don’t know how many minutes [he will play against Salford], but he will be involved.”
If the 63-year-old does indeed opt to select Nketiah over Edmondson, the forward may find himself at a crossroads in his career.
Last season, he was used almost exclusively by Leeds’ Under-23 side where he made a huge impression on Head Coach Carlos Corberan.
Appearing on 32 occasions in all competitions, Edmondson scored 19 times as he helped the Whites secure the Professional Development League-North title in March and the overall competition in May via a penalty-shootout victory over Birmingham City (via the Yorkshire Evening Post).
Despite suffering the blow of being left out of Leeds’ pre-season tour of Australia earlier this summer, the forward bounced back by firing in a hat-trick against Tadcaster Albion in July (via the Whites’ official website) as he looked to force his way into contention for a spot in the club’s starting eleven.
However, having failed to feature in either of Leeds’ fixtures this season, the arrival of Nketiah from Arsenal may prove to be the final straw for Edmondson.
Arguably already too good to be playing youth football for another season, the forward should now be pushing for a loan exit from Elland Road as doing so could give himself the opportunity to remain on track in terms of his development.
Whereas it may be wise for Edmondson to avoid the temptation to move abroad, a temporary switch to either a League One or a League Two club will allow him to learn all the tricks of the trade which could come in handy upon his return to Leeds.
With the transfer window set to close in just under three weeks’ time, Leeds still have plenty of time to find the ideal side to loan Edmondson out to if he does indeed end up asking for a move away.