Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has criticised manager Marcelo Bielsa for not taking young star Ryan Edmondson on the club’s pre-season tour.

The Whites are currently in Australia where they will play matches against Manchester United and the Western Sydney Warriors, but the decision to leave the talented youngster at home as irked their old striker.

The Leeds academy have been churning out some excellent talent in recent times, with Edmondson the latest player to show signs of being something special.

The Whites youngster was left at home as the first-team squad went to Australia, and showcased his talents with a wonderful hat-trick against Tadcaster Albion instead.

It would appear only a matter of time before Edmondson is given a chance, but with the opportunity to integrate the Leeds forward into the senior setup spurned, Whelan has voiced his displeasure.

“Ryan Edmondson, he’s got a hat-trick this week, I would have liked to see him out there to be quite honest with you. To see him integrated into the first-team a bit more.” Football Insider quotes him as saying.

“I’m disappointed he hasn’t been taken across to Australia with the team and given that opportunity because he’s a player I’ve been impressed with for a while now. I felt he should have been more involved last season. He wasn’t even on the bench at times.

“He’s been banging in goals for fun, he’s a big, strong boy, he’s something different to what we have in strikers. I’m really surprised he’s not gone out and when I see the goals that he’s taken against Tadcaster – fantastic. He could be the future of Leeds United but he needs to be integrated. He should have gone across.”

The comments from Whelan could be perceived as a little harsh, as if there is one thing Bielsa is famous for, it is his enthusiasm to give young players a chance and to watch them develop into something special.

If anyone knows how to manage Edmondson, you would think it would be the Leeds boss, so he should be trusted with his development.

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