How Leeds could play if they sign Lee Erwin

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Leeds United are reportedly closing on the signing of a new striker.

Leeds United are reportedly on the verge of signing striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell according to the Daily Mail with Uwe Rosler seemingly wasting no time in terms of improving his squad ahead of an important year next season.

The paper suggests a potential sticking point in the deal is the £300,000 the Scottish club are due in compensation, but if Leeds push the deal through without any issues, his arrival will be a signal of two potential ways that Rosler will be looking to set the team up to play.

Erwin is not a small or subtle striker; he’s the same height as Steve Morison at six feet two inches tall.

The immediate conclusion which can be drawn from that is Rosler wants the option of being able to play direct football, based around getting the ball forward as quickly as possible.

It doesn’t necessarily mean Leeds are going to become a long ball team, as it’s common for any manager keen on getting positive results quickly, to encourage his side to get the ball into the striker fast.

Erwin should have enough about him in terms of touch and control to be able to make the most of that direct approach, with his height providing an obvious asset for the team regardless of whether they are playing long ball football or not.

A better way Rosler may be looking to utilise that height is in terms of creating extra width across the Leeds midfield.

Width is one of the areas where Leeds struggled under Neil Redfearn and the former boss responded by utilising the talented wide players the side has and cementing them in wide positions.

Rosler could still dip into the transfer market for wide players or he could follow Redfearn’s trend and keep the likes of Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram in wide positions.

The advantage of using this line of attack is that Erwin is the sort of forward who could thrive in terms of getting on the end of some accurate crosses.

He may not be the striker that some Leeds fans would be hoping for, but he certainly creates some exciting possibilities in attack if he joins.

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