Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa will reportedly continue to utilise the club’s highly-rated youth system next season.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites are aiming to secure the future of the Argentinian boss before he departs on holiday.
The report details that Bielsa intends to use the duo of Jamie Shackleton and Ryan Edmondson “more prominently” next season.
Bielsa’s shown a real desire to promote youth during his first year at Elland Road and it looks like he will continue to do so next season in the Championship.
The plans concerning 18-year-old Edmondson should excite Leeds fans and could even end up saving the club’s millions in the transfer market.
Edmondson has been a goal machine for Leeds at Under-23s level this season, scoring 19 goals across all competitions for them.
The teenager was handed his first two senior appearances too by Bielsa in Championship fixtures during 2018, but first-team opportunities have been limited.
But it looks like the centre-forward will be more in the mix next year and it’s extremely exciting for the academy.
Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are the two senior striker options for Leeds, but both are injury prone and couldn’t quite get the club over the line for promotion.
If Edmondson can impress in pre-season and fill the role of a third attacking option next season, it surely saves the Yorkshire club going out on spending money on a new attacker.