Leeds United youngster Jamie Shackleton has praised teammate Ryan Edmondson following their 2-1 win for the under-23s side over Crewe Alexandra yesterday.
The midfielder has spent a large portion of this season on the sidelines with a couple of muscular injuries, seeing him not feature for the first-team since the 1-0 win over Reading in November and he hasn’t started a game since the 1-0 win over West Brom at the beginning of October.
Meanwhile, Ryan Edmondson has been in formidable form for the under-23s side this season, as he looks to knock on the door of the senior squad at just 18-years-old. The striker has made two first-team appearances with one apiece coming under Paul Heckingbottom and Marcelo Bielsa.
Monday saw Leeds’ under-23s side travel to Crewe Alexandra looking to extend their unbeaten run to eight games in the league, and move to within a point of first-placed Nottingham Forest.
The Whites came out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Shackleton and Pascal Struijk either side of a Crewe equaliser. Edmondson was relatively quiet by his high standards at youth level but still helped the side to a win with an assist to Shackleton’s opener.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 13, 2020
Ryan Edmondson took to Twitter to claim his performance was below par but is still happy to see the side come out with an important win. Shackleton responded to the striker’s humble comments and moved to reassure him on his efforts up front for the travelling side:
Edmo behave lad, great shift today 👏🏼
— Jamie Shackleton (@jamieshackk) January 13, 2020
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Edmondson and Shackleton are both very important figures in Leeds United’s youth system and will no doubt go on to make first-team appearances at Leeds’ level or even higher.
It’s becoming more apparent that Edmondson will struggle to make a first-team impact under Marcelo Bielsa, given the lack of time even on the bench despite Patrick Bamford being their only senior striker.
His talent is there to be seen and despite firing a blank against Crewe, it is good to see that his teammates are ensuring his morale stays high heading into the run-in.