Leeds United loanee urged to take pressure off himself after ending goalless run

Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson has been told to stop being so hard on himself after he broke a seven-game goalless run.
Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson in action for Northampton Town. Pic: GettyLeeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson in action for Northampton Town. Pic: Getty
Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson in action for Northampton Town. Pic: Getty

The 19-year-old striker is currently on loan with League One outfit Northampton Town as they battle to beat the drop to the fourth tier of English football.

Edmondson spent the first half of the campaign north of the border in the Scottish Premiership at Aberdeen but switched to the Football League due to a lack of game time at Pittodrie.

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He bagged two goals and two assists during his spell at the Dons - though only started three times having battled back from an ankle injury which saw him briefly return to West Yorkshire earlier in the season.

Edmondson scored his second goal of his loan spell with Northampton last weekend, stepping off the bench to earn his side a point at Gillingham in a 2-2 draw.

The forward has made 20 appearances since moving to Sixfields in the winter transfer window, which includes 13 starts in league action.

Caretaker manager Jon Brady - who replaced outgoing boss Keith Curle in February - believes the Thorp Arch front man needs to take the pressure off himself after his latest strike.

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"Like any striker, it's important to get on the score sheet and with a lot of strikers, when they do score, they tend to come in little bundles," he told the Northampton Chronicle.

"He's got to build on that. He's a young man and it's more on the mental side for him because he's been very tough on himself and we've tried to take that pressure away and build on his good points.

"We talk about what the players can do rather than what they can't do and he's probably tougher on himself than anyone else, but as a striker I believe you've always got to look at the positives and take a chance.

"It's more on the psychological side with him but he should build on it and he has to build on it because he was a big part of helping to change the game for us."

Northampton sit one point above the drop zone with just two games of the League One campaign to play.