It's time for Leeds United to pick Lee Erwin ahead of Mirco Antenucci

Leeds United

Leeds United must finally give Lee Erwin a chance.

Lee Erwin has been getting gradually closer to the Leeds United first team in recent weeks, making a handful of appearances from the bench.

He was the first outfield player signed by the club in the summer by then manager Uwe Rosler, who then decided not to pick him for the first team.

Erwin's struggles have persisted under Steve Evans, and he is yet to start a game this season, but could be time to change that.

He is not far away, a regular substitute, and with Chris Wood hoping to soon return from injury, Erwin's window of opportunity may be running out.

One player in the first team who does not deserve his place in the starting XI is Mirco Antenucci, who is playing exactly like a footballer who knows he is off in the summer when his contract expires.

The Italian has not scored since November and is desperately out of form, and manager Steve Evans should not be picking him.

Souleymane Doukara has shown in recent weeks that it is possible to step up from being a reserve to a first team player, and during his brief cameo appearances, Erwin has looked more lively than Antenucci, like a player who 'wants it'.

Bringing in Erwin for Antenucci is not Evans' only option. He may well decide to select Mustapha Carayol out wide, who has missed the past couple of games.

Doing so would give Leeds more shape in a tricky away game, but if a player is selected off the bench to come on, it should not be Antenucci, but Erwin who jumps ahead of him in the pecking order.

Steve Evans is talking big about next season, and Erwin is running out of time this season to show what he can do.

Leeds need to give him a chance, with little to play for between now and the end of the season in terms of making the play-offs, discovering whether they have a player worth keeping or not is necessary, and could affect their summer plans.

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