Steve Evans' response when asked whether Lee Erwin is ready to start for Leeds United

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Lee Erwin has made just one appearance for Leeds United during his time at Elland Road so far.

Steve Evans has told Radio Yorkshire that Lee Erwin is closing in on making his first Leeds United start.

Erwin was brought to Leeds from Motherwell during the summer transfer window, but he has spent most of his time at Elland Road on the sidelines so far.

The target-man striker was loaned out to Bury last month, with former Leeds boss Uwe Rosler feeling that the Scot needed to go elsewhere to get regular football.

Evans, however, has gone on record to state his admiration for Erwin’s talents, but the 53-year-old admits that he still has reservations over using the forward in his first team for the time being.

"He’s getting there," Evans said, when asked whether Erwin was ready for Leeds' first team. "I suppose it’s a case of you never know until you’re pitched in and given the opportunity.

"We had a look at some of the footage of the boy during his time at Motherwell, and we were looking at the different graphics of his movement, and body shape which has probably gone away a bit.

"We’re working hard to bring that back, and he has the right attitude to do well. When someone wants it as badly as that, you have to support him."

Erwin impressed in the Scottish Premiership last term, but he has clearly found the step up to Championship level tough.

The 21-year-old has made just one substitute appearance for the Whites so far, after coming off the bench in their latest match against Rotherham United.

Erwin was unable to stop Leeds from falling to a 1-0 defeat in that fixture, but he will be hoping that his brief cameo impressed Evans.

If Erwin is to break into the Leeds team, he will have to break up the partnership between Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood up front, which has shown signs of promise in recent weeks.

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