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According to reliable Leeds United insider Phil Hay on Twitter, the club are unlikely to sign a new striker before the summer transfer window slams shut, and it could give youngster Ryan Edmondson a big chance to impress.
assuming Roofe stays, don’t think so
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) July 22, 2019
Given the injury issues Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe encountered last season, it seemed that it could be a real possibility that the Yorkshire outfit would dip into the market to sign a new centre-forward ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Roofe has been linked with an Elland Road exit with Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion among those monitoring his situation according to Sky Sports – he only has one year left on his contract and there has been no update on a potential new deal for him.
However, the trusted Hay doesn’t expect a striker incoming unless the 26-year-old departs in the next fortnight or so, which could hand some of the Whites’ younger players a huge opportunity.
It may well happen – especially seeing as he already has two substitute appearances for the first team under his belt, including a debut in 2018.
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The talented teenager may have put himself to the forefront of Marcelo Bielsa’s mind with a hat-trick in the pre-season friendly win against Tadcaster Albion last week, as he once again showed that he is capable in front of goal.
The 18-year-old finished as top scorer for the U23s last term with his 19th goal coming in April, and he is in good physical shape given his tender years – that in particular is something which suggests he is ready to make the step up into what can be a tough Championship division at times.
With Roofe being pictured with a leg brace on Down Under and Bamford looking far from convincing in front of goal so far during pre-season, Edmondson could easily get the call sooner rather than later with the league opener against Bristol City only a week-and-a-half away.
He certainly looks to have the potential already to push Bamford, who is still yet to really make his mark in a Leeds shirt.
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Additionally, he could easily be the next breakthrough talent under Bielsa and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton in 2018/19.