Leeds United would be foolish to give up on Lee Erwin so soon

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The Leeds United youngster has been linked with a move away from Elland Road just 12 months after arriving.

Watford's Jose Holebas in action with Leeds United's Lee Erwin

According to a recent report from the Evening Times, Motherwell are considering trying to bring Lee Erwin back to the club just a year after he signed for Leeds United. But despite the striker failing to have any significant impact at Elland Road to date, the Whites would be foolish to cast him aside so soon.

Erwin arrived at Leeds with a burgeoning reputation after an end-of-season scoring spree saw him net five goals and provide four assists in his last 10 league matches for Motherwell before scoring one and setting up two more in the proceeding play-off victory against Rangers.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Shortly after he arrived at Leeds but he was used sparingly, featuring just 12 times in all competitions and almost invariably from the bench.

A brief loan spell at Bury did not go much better and it is no surprise to see Erwin linked with a swift exit. But it would be a mistake, with the 22-year-old possessing the innate talent to ultimately be a success at the club.

Leeds have some of the brightest young talents in the second tier at their disposal and just because they do not all have an instant impact does not mean they should be overlooked after a matter of minutes on the pitch.

Elland Road

Erwin is one for the future and in Garry Monk he now has a manager who could bring out the best in him.

Motherwell may well want him back; after all he was a big success there and he is only going to get better. But Leeds may rue that decision and he deserves at least another season with the Whites to hopefully get more game time and play under one manager for a whole campaign.

Motherwell's Lee Erwin (L) clashes with Rangers' Bilel Mohsni

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