What does the future hold for Leeds striker Lee Erwin?

Elland Road

The Leeds United forward is struggling for game-time at Elland Road.

Back in the summer, Leeds United signed striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell after the youngster had finished the previous campaign in fine fashion.

With four goals and four assists in his last nine league appearances of the campaign and one goal and two assists in the two-legged play-off with Rangers, the 21-year-old looked like a steal. But so far this season Erwin has managed only three appearances for Leeds totalling just 47 minutes.

A brief loan spell at League One club Bury did not go according to plan either, with three appearances resulting in no goals and a total of just 94 minutes on the pitch.

So what now for a player who Leeds manager Steve Evans appears to rate but who struggles not just for minutes but even for a place in the match-day squad?

At 21 it is far too soon – and too foolish – to right Erwin off as a Leeds flop. Indeed he has the talent and the work ethic to excel in time.

But with Chris Wood, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara all ahead of him in the pecking order he may not get a look-in again this season.

If Leeds sign another new forward in the January transfer window Erwin’s chances will be limited even further and one wonders if after just three substitute appearances Evans has already decided the young Scot is not yet ready for his first-team.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch