Steve Evans says Lee Erwin is not near regular first-team action for Leeds United

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The Leeds boss is however impressed with the work-rate of the Scottish talent.

Leeds United beat off plenty of competition in the summer to snap up Lee Erwin from Motherwell on a free transfer. The talented Scotsman arrived amid plenty of promise but he has struggled to adapt to English football.

He spent time on loan at Bury and has only featured sparingly for Leeds so far.

The 21-year-old Scot has even been accused of being out of shape at Leeds and yesterday the question put to Leeds United boss Steve Evans was whether Erwin was ready to start regularly for Leeds.

The simple answer, was no.

Steve Evans told BBC Radio Leeds that while he is impressed with the work ethic of Erwin recently his performances have not followed:

"He's not at this stage. His performance levels have not been where we need them to be and to be fair to Lee he knows that. Not in the under-21s and not in training.

"What I am not going to say about the kid is anything other than he is working so hard. He's got his weight back in control. He seems to have a real good focus for the last week ten days that hasn't been there for a couple of months, maybe longer.

"If we have to play him we'll play him. Because 100% he's focused and attention on doing the job is there. But the actual performance levels they normally follow getting your body in shape, not the other way around."

Erwin has played just three times for Leeds since joining the club, his last appearance in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons on the 2nd January.

The Scot may be asked to step up soon, with Chris Wood suffering with a continuous hamstring problem and doubts over Mirco Antenucci's future at the club.

Evans clearly hopes that the performances will soon start to match his work-rate after a difficult start to life at Elland Road.

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