Evans shares his pre-match message to Lee Erwin, explains reason for first Leeds start

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Lee Erwin makes his first start for Leeds against Wolves this evening.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told LUTV that he wanted to give Lee Erwin a start after a cameo appearance against Reading on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites face a second home game in the space of four days as Wolves travel to Elland Road for tonight's game, with both teams looking to finish in the top ten.

With a bug sweeping through the Leeds squad, manager Evans has had to make a number of changes from the side which beat Reading 3-2 on Saturday, with Erwin one player to come in.

The summer signing from Motherwell has been a bit-part figure at Elland Road, playing just 125 minutes of action this season whilst also spending time on loan at League One side Bury.

Having come on as an 80th minute substitute against Reading, Erwin appears to have impressed enough to earn a start tonight, even if the striker will be playing out on the left hand side in place of Mirco Antenucci.

Remarkably, this is the Scot's first ever start for Leeds in a competitive game, and manager Evans has urged the 22-year-old to take his chance.

Speaking to LUTV ahead of kick off, Evans suggested that Erwin is starting because he gave Leeds 'a real attacking presence' against Reading, whilst he also shared what he said to Erwin before the game, telling him to work hard for the cause.

"I thought Lee Erwin came on and gave us a real attacking presence along with Woody, so he gets what I think is his first start in a competitive game for Leeds United," said Evans. "I know what it means to that young man, so we wish him good luck."

"We're going to find out [what he can offer]. He gets a big opportunity, and sometimes at a club like Leeds United, opportunities don't present themselves too often - you have to grab it. There will be almost 20,000 in the stadium tonight, and they'll be looking forward to see what he does. I've said to him 'just go out and work hard' - anything else is a bonus," he added.

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