Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler told Radio Yorkshire that he feels forward Lee Erwin is not a natural number ten type player, who can play through the middle of the side’s attack.
Rosler has been experimenting with players in different positions under different systems and he’s described how he sees Erwin’s potential role next year, suggesting he could play one of two ways.
“I’m assessing the squad, I don’t see him (Lee Erwin) as a clear number ten. We’ve tried certain things out – We work with one central striker and on some occasions, we work with two central strikers and he’s probably most effective in the two, but he can also play in wider areas to come off the line,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
The merit in Leeds using two strikers
Rosler may be a little wary of playing two strikers because of the need for Leeds to dominate the ball in the middle of the pitch.
However, it is possible for Erwin to play up top next to another forward in a 3-5-2 formation, which would allow the side to pack central midfield, with the benefit of being able to play directly with two centre forwards.
The issue with that system is that it puts the full-backs under pressure and makes Leeds very narrow, which was arguably a problem at times last season.
Using Erwin out wide
It would be an odd decision for Rosler to start Erwin from the beginning of the forthcoming season in a wider role.
The boss clearly feels he has the skill and quality to do that role for Leeds, but it would still be surprising if the boss doesn’t look to bring another player in via the transfer market to address that area of the squad.
If Erwin features from a wide position, it’s more likely to be a bit-part solution over something more permanent.