Lee Erwin is the perfect replacement for Leeds United's injured striker Chris Wood

Elland Road Revie Stand

Chris Wood is currently injured, and Leeds should look towards Lee Erwin.

Wood missed the 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough last weekend due to injury, and there is no knowing how long the powerful striker will be out of action for.

In his absence, Uwe Rosler called upon Mirco Antenucci to lead the line in his 4-3-3 formation, with the Italian forward a proven goalscorer in the Championship.

However, Antenucci shares few similar traits with Wood, and it was clear that he struggled to fit into the tactical set-up defined by Rosler. The Italian lacks the physical presence to lead a line by himself, and his inability to hold up play costs the entire team, as well as his own play.

With Wood potentially out for a while longer, Rosler should consider leaving Antenucci on the substitutes bench - and instead look towards the Leeds striker perfectly suited to replacing Wood.

Lee Erwin has yet to make a senior appearance for the Whites since his summer move to Elland Road, although he started the campaign as a squad player.

However, recent weeks have seen him fall out of the first-team set-up, and he has been linked with making a loan move away from Elland Road in the coming weeks, having been restricted to Under-21 football.

Yet, now could be the perfect time for Erwin to be drafted into the first-team set-up, with his skill set making him a great replacement for Wood in Rosler’s starting XI.

He is a striker renowned for his physical ability and strength in holding up the ball, and this is the kind of forward needed to lead the line in Rosler’s system. Erwin, 21, showed in Scottish football that he could find the back of the net on a consistent basis, and although the step up in quality is large, he is far better suited to Leeds’ style of play.

It makes more sense to play a well-suited striker than a talented out-of-place one, even if the player who suits the formation is less experienced and talented than his rival.

Erwin has yet to be given a chance to impress, and now looks the perfect time for him to be drafted into the first-team set-up, allowing him to impress before Rosler decides if he actually wants to send the striker out on loan.

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