It was difficult not to feel sorry for Leeds United youngster Ryan Edmondson last season.
Even when Jean-Kevin Augustin was awol and Leeds needed another striker to compete with Patrick Bamford during the second half of the campaign, Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa never turned toward the 19-year-old attacker, not even including him on the bench.
Edmondson is definitely on Bielsa’s radar in West Yorkshire because he has made senior appearances under the Argentine before.
But for whatever reason, the Leeds boss didn’t seem to rate the Under-23s marksman all that highly – but the player can start changing that this weekend.
Edmondson scored his first two goals for loan club Aberdeen in midweek and the Dons are gearing up for a clash against Celtic next.
Bagging a brace against Hamilton is unlikely to have made Bielsa question his belief about the big forward, but if he can score against Celtic and give Shane Duffy – who has nearly 100 Premier League appearances under his belt – a hard time then that’ll certainly get his parent club’s attention.
So often when Leeds loan out young players, it’s the beginning of the end and rarely do they come back and play for the senior side on a regular basis.
But big Edmondson, at 19, could get a whole lot better and it’ll be fascinating to see how he fares against a Europa League side on Sunday.