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Five goals in 33 games: Leeds United not missing Lee Erwin

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Five goals in 33 games: Leeds United not missing Lee Erwin

The Scottish striker has struggled to make an impact with Kilmarnock.

This summer Leeds United gave up on the progress of Scottish striker Lee Erwin. The Whites allowed him to join Kilmarnock in July, happy that the forward was never going to develop into a first-team regular at Elland Road.

Erwin had signed for Leeds in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer from Motherwell. It was a deal which then Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino was heavily involved in and fans at the club were hopeful the young Scot could make it in West Yorkshire.

OLDHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Lee Erwin of Oldham Athletic plays the ball past Aaron Phillips of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town at SportsDirect.com Park on August 16, 2016 in Oldham, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, it just never happened for Erwin. He spent most of his time time out on loan with Bury and Oldham Athletic. He was a regular with the latter and scored 10 goals for the club. But with Leeds it was vastly different. Erwin played just 12 times for Leeds and failed to score a single goal.

So when he netted on his Kilmarnock debut v Dumbarton some Leeds fans would have been concerned. Perhaps, a mistake had been made.

So has he proved Leeds wrong?

This month has been a good one for Erwin. The 24-year-old has scored twice in March, in wins v Ross County and St Johnstone. However, those were his first goals in the league for Killie since August.

Erwin has failed to establish himself as a regular under Steve Clarke. Prior to the St Johnstone game Erwin had not started for Kilmarnock since November, spending the majority of his time on the bench. Of his 27 Scottish Premiership appearances just nine have come as a starter. Just two of those have occured since the turn of the year.

during the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on February 20, 2016 in Watford, England.

The former Leeds man has a grand total of five goals for Kilmarnock, from 33 appearances, and Leeds fans are likely pleased the club did not decide to continue with the gamble.

No Leeds fan would begrudge Erwin success. Simply put, the forward was not good enough for the Championship during his time at Elland Road.

But there is still talent there and hopefully Erwin can build on his good March and prove himself in Scottish football.

It does however appear that Leeds are not missing out.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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