Lewis Walters could be a very useful player for Uwe Rosler, depending on how the next two weeks shape up for the club.
Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler will have dozens of ideas and messages flying around inside his head ahead of the new Championship, as he decides the best possible way for the club to go about winning promotion into the Premier League.
There is plenty of time left in the transfer window for the boss to approach potential new signings and to move on players, who he feels are unlikely to get the chance they may desire over the coming months.
One player facing an interesting fortnight will be young forward Lewis Walters, who recently signed a new contract as confirmed on the official Leeds website.
That new deal was a sign of faith the club, and Rosler, have in his ability and he’s someone who could prove to be very useful for Rosler for a variety of reasons.
Billy Sharp’s future
The Yorkshire Evening Post has hinted that Sharp is edging closer to a move to Sheffield United, which would create a hole in the attack of the first team ranks which would need to be filled.
Walters does have the talent and potential to be the club’s fourth choice striker but he faces a very difficult challenge to get into the team ahead of the likes of Lee Erwin, Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci, who will all likely start the season as the first choice front men.
Walters could be confined to the youth ranks, drafted into the first team for domestic cup competitions, when a senior player needs a rest or to be used as an impact sub at a key stage in the season.
It could well be a situation that he’s content to be faced with.
A wider role
Former Leeds manager Neil Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post last season that Walters has it in his locker to play a wider role.
That’s an option Rosler could consider if he fails to sign the wide player he’s after and if he can’t find a sustainable solution in another player for that position.
If it’s a chance that comes then it may be a little difficult for Walters to adjust but it’s a chance he needs to embrace, because it would be his opportunity to show that he can play a consistent and sustainable role.