McInnes talks up Ryan Edmondson; lifts lid on striker’s Leeds future

Jo Harrison
Ryan Edmonson

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has expressed his delight with the loan signing of Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson.

The 19-year-old joined the Dons last week on loan until January and made his debut on Saturday. Edmondson came off the bench in a 1-0 defeat to Rangers at Pittodrie in the opening game of the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership season.

Edmondson joined Leeds aged 16 from York City. He has enjoyed great success in the U18s and U23s at Elland Road but has only featured twice as a substitute for the first team.

A loan to Aberdeen appears to be the perfect move for all parties.

McInnes was desperate to bring in a striker after Sam Cosgrove picked up an injury. He is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. Cosgrove was Aberdeen’s top scorer last season with 11 goals.

“Ryan is someone, who, when there was a possibility of Cosgrove going to France, was one of a number of players we looked at as a potential replacement,” McInnes told the Evening Express.

“We wanted someone who had been training and also in and about somebody’s first team.

“Obviously half of the English clubs haven’t played since March and half of them have just knocked off.

“To get somebody at a club who is willing to give up their youngsters after a prolonged season is a bit difficult.

“We are delighted to get Ryan.


“Obviously Ryan is a bit behind, although probably further ahead of where Sam was when he first came in.

“But Ryan does score goals at his own level.”


New Leeds deal for Edmondson

Derek McInnes

Having had to wait patiently for his chance at Leeds, there is uncertainty about his future in West Yorkshire.

However, McInnes insists the teenager will soon be offered a new deal by the Premier League new boys.

“He is highly thought of at Leeds and will be signing a new contract there in the next few weeks.

“Ryan is young, he is raw at times, but he has potential and gives us something different,” he added.


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