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Leeds owner Massimo Cellino speaks about his plans for Lee Erwin this season

The Leeds United supremo has opened up about one of the club's summer signings.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about summer signing Lee Erwin.

The striker arrived from Motherwell after enjoying a brilliant end to last season, but he is yet to make his first-team debut for Leeds, instead turning out for the under-21s.

Given his age that is no real surprise, as it was always going to take time for Erwin to settle in his new surroundings; but following his brace for the under-21s earlier this week it will be interesting to see how much longer Leeds manager Uwe Rosler decides to overlook him.

With Chris Wood, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara all currently ahead of Erwin in the pecking order at Elland Road, it would perhaps be sensible for the young Scot to head out on loan, but Cellino does not think so.

“The Scottish boy never played one minute, he’s gone to the stands, and he’s a beautiful player, too,” the Leeds owner told the BBC. “If you don’t let them play, you never find out if they are good or not.

“Do you think Wood can play 90 minutes for 46 games? If he does that he will get injured so the team is here to challenge.”

In short, Cellino has acknowledged that Rosler will need all his first-team players at one point or another in what will be a very tough Championship campaign, so why would Leeds part with Erwin just because it has taken him some time to break into the senior side?

“Erwin’s just arrived, it’s two months, eight weeks, he’s come from Scotland, he’s just learned now, he’s getting used to Leeds, what do you expect from a player who is 22 years old?” Cellino asked. “After two months you will already expect me to give up Erwin, you must be joking.”

That will no doubt be music to the ears of the young Leeds striker, and those supporters who are keen to see what the 22-year-old can do when given the chance to shine.

That time will come, and with so many matches between now and May expect it to come sooner rather than later.

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