It’s been confirmed that Ryan Edmondson has left Leeds United, joining Carlisle United on a permanent deal.
Leeds have sent Edmondson on four loans previously on the back of his two senior appearances at Elland Road.
An announcement came on Thursday morning, confirming that Edmondson was bound for Carlisle, landing himself a two-year deal with the League Two outfit.
Our writers Toby (Neutral) and Alfie (N12) discuss that transfer here:
It does feel like this decision that Leeds have taken over Edmondson does make sense.
Given he has scored just seven goals in 59 games for clubs playing in League One and Two over the past season-and-a-half, it would feel like a big step up to ask him to make an impact for Jesse Marsch’s side any time soon.
Indeed, with the likes of Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and potentially a new striker on the agenda in the transfer window, you get the feeling that the Elland Road club has the options available to cope with the departure of Edmondson.
The stability and certainty of a permanent move could also be useful for the development of Edmondson’s own career, something he needs at the 21, meaning this looks like a deal that makes sense for all involved.
Are Leeds right to let Edmondson go for free?
It’s the right call, without a doubt.
Edmondson was never going to make it at Leeds in the Premier League and needed to be cut free permanently.
Whilst it wouldn’t be a massive issue for Leeds sourcing Edmondson another EFL loan, letting him move on permanently gives the 21-year-old some closure and allows him to focus long-term.
He’s got a decent move to Carlisle and can now start putting two-year plans in place rather than the usual six month ones that follow a loan.
Leeds are doing the right thing for the player and that can often get overlooked.