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Paul Hart explains why Lee Erwin played for Leeds United's Under-21s on Monday

Despite playing against Wycombe on Friday, Lee Erwin started for Leeds’ Under-21s on Monday.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire, Leeds United academy manager Paul Hart has explained why Lee Erwin was dropped back down to the Under-21 squad on Monday afternoon, despite playing the full 90 minutes against Wycombe on Friday.

Hart said: “The manager wanted him to get a bit of time on the pitch, so that was the reason why [he played].”

Erwin started the friendly tie with Wycombe on Friday evening, and scored the opening goal of a 2-0 win.

However, whilst the likes of Casper Sloth and Souleymane Doukara then missed out on playing for the Under-21s on Monday - after playing on Friday - Erwin was dropped back down to the second string team.

The young striker played another full 90 minutes, this time in a 2-0 loss, and Hart has admitted that he was dropped back to the reserve team simply to keep up his match fitness and get him some time on the pitch.

Erwin has still not made his Leeds debut this season, and has managed just three competitive games during a loan spell with League One side Bury, meaning he is short of fitness.

So whilst Sloth and Doukara did not play on Monday to ensure they were ready for senior action if Steve Evans needed to call upon them, the head coach wants to see Erwin play more games before he is ready to turn out for the first-team.

Erwin’s signing over the summer was heralded as a good move by Leeds United, and although he has still not played for the team, it sounds as if the forward is not far away from being ready to make the step up to senior football at Elland Road.

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