Steve Evans says Lee Erwin has work to do on his fitness.
Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Lee Erwin has work to do on his fitness if he wants to make the first team.
Erwin has not started a game for Leeds since signing in the summer, and was sent on loan to Bury by former head coach Uwe Rosler.
This loan has since expired and Erwin is back at Leeds, and in contention to feature this evening in some capacity in the friendly game with Wycombe Wanderers.
Evans has moved to put a dampener on expectations surrounding the former Motherwell man, suggesting he is not yet ready for regular involvement.
He said: "Lee Erwin has come into the group. His general fitness is not where it should be, so we tell him that, but we tell him in a positive way.
"We give them the option of saying this is how we want to improve you, be part of that work cycle. If you don't want to be part of that work cycle then don't waste our time."
It appears very much that the ball is in Erwin's court, and if he can meet the specific challenges Evans has set him, he will get his chances in the first team.
Leeds are short on proven strikers to back up Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci, and Erwin is at risk of missing out on a real opportunity if he can't establish himself before January, where Leeds will have options to sign an alternative on a permanent basis, while they could still seek to add a loan player before hand.