Lee Erwin joined Leeds United from Motherwell in the summer transfer window, but he has yet to make his first-team debut.
The 21-year-old forward arrived at Elland Road with a strong reputation, having established himself as one of the brightest young prospects in Scotland.
However, the youngster does not appear to be in Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler’s plans at the moment.
“The way I like to play is with one central striker and for him at the moment it’s hard for him to get Mirco (Antenucci) and Chris Wood out the team,” The Yorkshire Evening Post recently quoted the German as saying. “I think in general to play that position you need experience and a certain physicality.”
While Rosler has a point, is it really hard for him to give Erwin a few minutes in the first team, perhaps as a late substitute?
Erwin is 21 and still young, but he is at a stage in his career where he is going to develop only by playing competitive matches.
It seems that Leeds are trying to ‘develop’ Erwin into a ‘Championship player’ by giving him chances in the Under-21 side.
While that is certainly a good idea, one has to ask why the West Yorkshire outfit signed the former Scotland Under-19 international in the first place.
If Leeds did not think that Erwin was ready to break into the first team, then why did they recruit him in the summer?
Wouldn’t it have been better to wait for a year or find someone else who is good enough for the first team?
Perhaps Leeds bought the youngster for his potential and were worried that they could lose out if they waited until next summer.
Maybe the Whites had to move quickly in case Erwin had another good season at Motherwell, which would have increased his market value.
Whatever the case, he needs minutes somewhere, with a loan deal being mooted - as revealed by HITC Sport.