James Beattie could bring out the best in Leeds striker Lee Erwin if he stays and fights for his place

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

A former forward could inspire a young one to greater heights at Leeds United if he opts not to head out on loan again.

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

James Beattie’s appointment as first-team coach at Leeds United could see his presence benefit one striker in particular, with Lee Erwin yet to fulfil his potential since arriving from Motherwell last summer.

It was always going to take the young Scot time to settle at Elland Road, but he would have hoped for more than the 12 chances he had to impress last season; the vast majority of his opportunities coming as a late substitute.

Lee Erwin of Motherwell

With Marcus Antonsson arriving to partner Chris Wood next season, Erwin will know the task of earning more first-team chances is not about to get any easier. Then there is the fact that HITC Sport understands Bradford are trying to bring the youngster in on loan ahead of the new campaign.

However, in Beattie he has a coach who could teach him to utilise his ability in the best possible way, if he opts not to temporarily leave Elland Road for a second time.

The new Leeds coach was a goal-scoring great at Southampton and Sheffield United, while he also did the business at both Everton and Stoke City before his career wound down with a string of brief spells elsewhere.

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie

But in Erwin he will find a player with innate talent who has the potential to become a very effective weapon for Leeds, and it will be interesting to see the influence the former England international has on the 22-year-old in the coming months if he remains and fights for his place.

Leeds manager Garry Monk will need more than just Antonsson and Wood as he bids to earn promotion in his first year at the club, meaning Erwin will be called on when circumstances dictate if he bides his time, and it is up to him to seize those chances, with anything Beattie can teach him sure to come in very handy both now and in the future.

General view outside the stadium before the game - Leeds United

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