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Ian Baraclough: What I told Lee Erwin before he signed for Leeds United

Baraclough believes that Erwin moved to Leeds one season too early.

Erwin completed his transfer from Motherwell to Leeds earlier this week, but his former manager Ian Baraclough has told the Yorkshire Post that he should have remained in Scotland for another year.

Baraclough said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose a player like Lee and I told the lad himself I think he would’ve benefited from a further year playing week to week in our first-team.”

Despite Erwin’s promise and potential, Baraclough raises a good point, and maybe the youngster would have benefited from staying at Motherwell next season.

The 21-year-old only broke onto the scene during the 2014/15 campaign, netting a respectable six goals in 39 games. He also set up a further eight strikes, showing the strength of his all-round game.

However, that impressive season was still only his debut, and he left the club to move to a bigger team in Leeds, having yet to actually prove himself.

There is much to be said for the step up in quality between the SPFL and the English Championship, and there should be a lot of fears that the youngster will struggled to make an impact next term.

One example to use is that of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday, who signed Stevie May last summer, after he netted 20 goals in 38 Premiership fixtures. Big things were expected of him, but over the 2014/15 campaign, he could score just seven times in 39 Championship games.

Whilst a solid season, it was not the level expected of him, and Leeds fans should be aware that Erwin will need to time to settle and adapt, whilst still developing as a young player.

There are no doubts about Erwin’s potential, and Leeds could be the place where he fulfils that. However, if he had stayed with Motherwell as Baraclough had wanted, the youngster would have been able to enjoy another season of development out of the spotlight - rather than under the intense media presence that surrounds Elland Road.

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