Ryan Edmondson has been working under Marcelo Bielsa for the last couple of seasons at Leeds United – now he can’t wait to push himself at Aberdeen.
The striker has moved to the Dons on a six-month loan deal to help provide cover for the injured Sam Cosgrove and Curtis Main. He made his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Rangers at the weekend.
Appearing as a substitute just after the hour mark, Edmondson showed some of what he can bring to Derek McInnes’ side. A physical presence, the Leeds loanee displayed some nice touches too after a whirlwind 24 hours.
He had only signed with the north-east team the night previous to his debut, so it was very much in at the deep end for Edmondson. That’s something he’ll be used to after time with Bielsa.
The Argentine manager has guided Leeds back to the top flight of English football. His attention to detail and rigorous preparation for games has pushed the players in Yorkshire to the limit. Edmondson has provided an insight to that as he looks forward to working in the Scottish Premiership.
“I had a few options to go out on loan that I had been looking at with my agent to clubs in League 1 and League 2.,” Edmondson said (Red TV). “At one point there was talk of the Leeds Directors putting me out on loan to Spain as there was a few clubs there who were interested in me.
“The size of club that Aberdeen is and the chance to play European football meant that the move was a no brainer to me. I researched the club before I moved. I know about the whole time that Fergie was here and the success they had and beating Real Madrid in 1983! I have done my research.
“It is a massive club and for someone at my age to come up and play in Europe is a great one. Scottish football is a good standard as well; it is a top league. It is my aim to come up and push the boys on and hopefully I can add something to the squad and be successful.
“I used to be a big target man, I liked the long ball up to me and to try and hold it. Since Bielsa has come into Leeds he has changed all of us as players. As strikers now we are running in behind, we are pressing everyone, we are dropping it into feet and spinning off defenders. He has taken what I have been which was a big target man and turned me into an all-round striker.
“For someone as young as man to have that versatility, to have that physicality up top and to use my pace to get in behind is brilliant and hopefully I can use it in my game up here.
“As a striker you always want to score goals, but I haven’t set myself a target. I want to come up and make an impact and get as much game time as possible. A few goals won’t go amiss!