It should not be a surprise to Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa, that he has selection issues ahead of his Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Derby County on Wednesday night, as this has been a prominent feature of his season in charge at Elland Road.
No sooner has Bielsa gained top scorer Kemar Roofe back into his squad, when the 26-year-old is sidelined again with a calf injury, ruling him out and even though Patrick Bamford is available again after suspension, could Bielsa turn to 17-year-old Ryan Edmondson to provide the goals against the Rams?
The young forward has been in fine form for the under-23’s – and there have been calls from sections of the Leeds support for him to be involved.
So should Bielsa consider playing Edmondson at all as a Roofe replacement against Derby?
“I like his emphasis on youth, but this is a step towards the £200m game isn’t it?
“Should a young player be given that sort of pressure to handle.
“Not a chance.”
“I don’t think Edmondson is ready to start, but he should be on the bench.
“Bielsa has opted for Bamford as Roofe’s replacement throughout the season, so he should not take any gambles in this pivotal match.
“However, Edmondson is a great option from the bench as something of an unknown quantity.”
“He should be an option.
“Leeds are badly short of numbers in attack and Edmondson has an impressive record for the Under 23s this season.
“Jamie Shackelton’s own impressive performance may well have done Edmondson a favour in terms of bringing him into Bielsa’s thoughts for the return leg.”
“Not for me.
“Edmondson is clearly a very talented player but this is not the time for Bielsa to be blooding youngsters.
“Bamford has struggled at times this season but he is at least well acquainted with the big occasion.”