New Leeds striker Lee Erwin must step up after being outshone by Frank Mulhern

Elland Road pitchside

One young Leeds United striker replaced another for the under-21s this week and quickly netted a brace.

Leeds United brought in a number of new players during the summer, but while most of those are either already featuring regularly for Uwe Rosler’s side or – in the case of Jordan Botaka – will be before long, Lee Erwin is yet to taste competitive first-team action.

Signed from Motherwell, the 21-year-old has been an unused substitute five times this season but was not even in the match-day squad for Leeds’ last two outings against Derby County and Brentford.

On Monday, Erwin started for the under-21s against Bristol City but he was outshone by a player three years his junior who replaced him at half-time and subsequently scored a brace.

That player was 18-year-old Frank Mulhern, and the Irishman’s quick-fire double suggests Erwin has to step up and quickly.

There is no doubt Erwin has the talent to ultimately succeed at Elland Road, as his end to last season proved, but in the short term he is at risk of not only missing out on Leeds’ senior squads but also of losing his place for the under-21s to Mulhern.

It will be an interesting few months for Erwin, who could yet head out on an emergency loan move.

That may be the making of him but having seen Mulhern steal the headlines after replacing him earlier this week, the new Leeds striker will want to grab the spotlight back for himself sooner rather than later.

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