Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough wants his players to use Lee Erwin as inspiration

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Lee Erwin signed for Leeds United after a season of first-team football with Motherwell.

Erwin completed a move to Leeds a couple of weeks ago, and Ian Baraclough has told the BBC that he wants his Motherwell players to use the young striker as inspiration.

Baraclough said: “The likes of Jack Leitch, Dom Thomas and Craig Moore have got to look at players like Lee. He came in for 10-11 games, showed what he can do and has got himself a move to the English Championship.”

Baraclough is understating Erwin’s impact last season, having actually made 38 appearances for Motherwell across all competitions, but his message is still clear.

If a young player, in what was his first real season as a senior professional, can truly impress, a big move could be just around the corner.

And for Erwin, the move to Leeds sees him join one of the biggest clubs in English football as a first-team player, despite the fact he only scored six goals last season.

Erwin, still only 21, will have to prove he was worthy of the step up, and signing for the Whites will need to see him further improve. He may have impressed for Motherwell last term, but that is a long way away from being a good player for Leeds, especially as they have a real desire to get back into the Premier League at the earliest attempt.

Motherwell may have lost one of their talents in Erwin, but if the other players Baraclough highlights start to follow in his footsteps, they have a great team on their hands.

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