Ryan Edmondson joins Aberdeen on loan
Leeds United's Ryan Edmondson in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between York City and Leeds United on July 10, 2019 in York, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd - CameraSport/Getty Images)

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have agreed a deal with newly promoted Leeds United to take 19-year-old striker Ryan Edmondson on loan until January.

Aberdeen have been unfortunately left with just one match fit forward ahead of their opening day clash with league runners-up, Rangers.

Edmondson's Under-23s success

Despite having a fantastic record in Leeds United's Under-23s set up, Edmondson has been unable to make an impact on the senior squad.

He has made two senior appearances for the first team, but has struggled to show the coach, Marcelo Bielsa, he has what it takes to succeed at the top level.

Back in the 2018/19 season, Edmondson's 19 goals were the catalyst in the Under-23s lifting the Professional Development League title.

Since the 2019 triumph, Edmondson hasn't been able to enjoy the same levels of success. In February he was forced to undergo surgery on his knee, as a result he was out of action for two months.

Ideal for both parties

Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at Pittodrie will mark the commencement of the Premiership on the other side of the border, as Aberdeen aim to close the gap on the Glasgow dominance.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has already highlighted the importance of 'bolstering' the squad due to a lack of forward options.

Not only does the deal work in the favour of the Dons, but also Edmondson will be desperate for regular game time after a combination of his injury, and the COVID-19 induced lockdown.

It is not clear whether or not the 19-year-old will make his debut tomorrow, but what is certain is that he will be a valued member of the squad during his time in Scotland.

A new contract also on the cards?

It has been reported by Yorkshire Evening Post that the youngster could be offered a new contract at Elland Road.

No doubt that if Edmondson hits the ground running as he did in the Under-23s, it certainly won't harm his chances of earning a fresh contract in the Premier League.

However, a new contract doesn't mean he is any more likely of having a shot in the first team.

Bielsa has ducked and weaved questions to whether or not Edmondson is fit for purpose since joining the club. Even in cases of the first team only having Patrick Bamford fit in the number nine position, Edmondson still failed to make the bench.

Whether his lack of inclusion is to do with his recovery from injury, or for other unknown reasons, a loan deal is certainly the best move for the youngster.

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