Lee Erwin has been listed for loan by Leeds, with head coach Uwe Rosler confirming to the Yorkshire Evening Post last week that he was looking to send the striker away from Elland Road on a temporary deal.
The 21-year-old striker, a summer signing from Motherwell, has yet to play for Leeds’ first-team, and it is no surprise that he is set to be shipped out to a club lower in the Football League.
He only had 39 appearances for Motherwell to his name before he moved to Leeds, and people should never have expected him to move straight into Rosler’s senior set-up.
However, what has been a surprise has been Erwin’s inability to adapt to Under-21 level, struggling to show any sort of form in the youth ranks.
He started well enough, but has struggled in recent weeks, and failed to even be named in the side last week due to being outperformed by his teenage competitors.
This suggested that Erwin was not ready for a loan move away, but with Rosler confirming he is set to leave the club, it appears as if the youngster has bucked his ideas up.
Days after the head coach confirmed Erwin was not in his immediate first-team plans, the youngster took a starting place in the Under-21 side on Monday.
And he put in arguably his best performance at that level in a Leeds shirt, scoring twice and coming close to a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw at home to QPR.
It is the kind of performance that many wanted to see from Erwin, and it seems as if something has struck the striker making him want to fight to stay at Elland Road, rather than be shifted out on loan.
This could be the start of Erwin’s Leeds career in earnest, and if he keeps putting in Under-21 performance’s like he did on Monday, Rosler will have no choice but to keep the youngster in his senior side - and even look towards him for his starting XI.