COMMENT By Will Butcher
Target man Lee Erwin should be handed a second chance at Leeds by Garry Monk despite remaining on loan with League One outfit Oldham Athletic.
Erwin, 23, moved to Boundary Park in the summer on a season long-loan after being told by former Swansea boss Monk that his playing time at Elland Road would be limited.
However, Erwin deserves to remain a Leeds player with the summer transfer window looming, and here are three reasons why:
The former Motherwell striker is in red-hot form. Scoring four goals in five games against the likes of Northampton, Oxford and Peterborough, Erwin is quickly establishing himself as one of League One’s most in-form strikers. His recent hot streak has seen him take his tally to eight goals for the season, which is a decent return considering 10 of his 34 appearances have seen him come on as a substitute, while another 13 have seen him replaced. Providing two assists on top of that, Erwin has finally started to prove he knows where the back of the net is and should be given the chance to continue his form at Elland Road.
Similar to Chris Wood
Chris Wood has been sublime throughout the 2016-17 campaign. Sitting in fourth, the Yorkshire giants can count on the New Zealand international to pop up with a goal after scoring a huge 27 this season. Playing to Wood’s strengths, Leeds’ next top goalscorer is Souleymane Doukara with just five. Monk’s system sees the Whites get the ball out wide and look to find Wood, and that would only benefit 6ft 2in Erwin. In similar physical condition, Erwin would thrive in a side conditioned to play to Wood’s wants and needs, and that could get the best out of the four-time Scotland Under-19 international.
Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara
Leeds’ other striking options have found the going tough this season. Antonsson, a £2million signing from Sweden in the summer, has scored three goals all season and has struggled to adapt to the rigours of the Championship; thus limiting his game time. Although Frenchman Doukara has featured much more regularly and remains Monk’s second top goalscorer, albeit 22 goals behind Wood, the versatile forward has just three months remaining on his current deal. With both players’ futures in doubt, Erwin could come back in to provide Monk with in-form back-up to Wood.
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