Steve Thompson admits Edgar Cani needs to adapt to English football

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United assistant boss Steve Thompson says new signing Edgar Cani needs to get up to speed with English football.

Leeds United Under-21's were in action on Tuesday afternoon, and took on local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road.

The Leeds side featured the likes of Stuart Taylor, Dario Del Fabro, Casper Sloth, Adryan and Brian Montenegro, but they couldn't win the game, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Owls.

There was also a start for new signing Edgar Cani, who played the full 90 minutes as he looks to build up his fitness following his deadline day move from Catania.

The Albanian international striker is on loan until the end of the season, but is currently behind the likes of Steve Morison, Billy Sharp and Mirco Antenucci in the pecking order up front.

Impressing in the Under-21's is his best way to make an impression on manager Neil Redfearn right now, and his assistant Steve Thompson spoke to LUTV after the game to discuss Cani's impact.

"I think he needed the 90 minutes", Thompson said. "There were a few tackles going in, a few elbows and I thought 'Welcome to the English game Edgar'. I don't know if he expected that, but we've got to get him up to speed on how Leeds United play."

"So it's a good 90 minutes for Edgar and it's one of those ones that he puts himself in the manager's plans for the weekend," he added.

Cani, 25, is a physical target man whose attributes lend themselves to being a success in English football, but he has only ever played in Italy and Poland, so adjusting to life in England will take some time.

Thompson seems intent on letting Cani get fully integrated in the Under-21's before he becomes a big first-team contributor - but with limited time on his Leeds deal, Cani needs to make an impact soon if he is to have any chance of making the deal permanent this summer.

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