Leeds United legend Peter Lorimer explained to BBC Radio Leeds that he volunteered to go and watch Lee Erwin before his move to Elland Road, after he was asked about the player by Massimo Cellino.
Lorimer has mentioned Erwin as a similar type of player to former Leeds striker Mark Viduka and if he has half the impact as the Australian, Uwe Rosler will be a very happy coach next season.
“A few weeks ago, the president (Massimo Cellino) said to me he’d been recommended this boy and I said ‘I’ll go up to Scotland and have a look at him’ – I’m not saying he’s a Mark Viduka, but he’s a similar type of player – He’s got good control, brings other players into it and is a match for anybody,” he said.
Cellino has taken a lot of criticism since he arrived at the club, but he made the right call in this instance, making the right call in seeking some professional advice, before jumping into the move for the player.
Lorimer is a former Scotland international player and someone who is well connected in terms of Scottish football in general.
The challenge for Erwin is now going to be to work hard through pre-season to ensure he gets a chance under Rosler when the competitive action returns in August.
He can’t become too preoccupied with replicating the success of some very good Leeds strikers of the recent past.
He needs to make sure that he backs up the faith Leeds have shown in him by signing him and he needs to try and be the same player, who has made a decent impact in the Scottish game.
The comparisons can flow when he’s actually achieved something and there are numbers to compare him to great Leeds players of the past.