A Uwe Rosler said Lee Erwin’s goalscoring display in a development-squad game on Monday had “put pressure” on other players at Leeds United as he hinted at a first opportunity for the striker away at Derby County this weekend.
Erwin played and scored United’s first goal in a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United’s Under-21s at Elland Road and Rosler said he had “noticed that performance” ahead of Saturday’s visit to Pride Park.
Erwin, 21, is waiting to make his competitive Leeds debut after joining the club on a three-year deal from Scottish side Motherwell in June.
The Scotland youth international was signed for a fee which will be set by a tribunal and is likely to amount to around £500,000 but he is yet to play this season, despite featuring on the bench in all five of United’s matches to date.
Rosler used Souleymane Doukara as a late substitute last weekend as Leeds pushed for a winner in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
United’s head coach said: “It’s often the case that when you come from a different league you come from a different level. Lee surprised us because he took to this level relatively quick in the beginning.
“As a young player sometimes you have to be sure you’re patient and it’s important to throw him in for his first game when we know he can really do himself justice and when he can build his confidence. That’s what it’s all about.
“He accepted his role and he’s been on the bench for every game. But I definitely noticed that performance on Monday. I’m driving all the time on competition. Lee put pressure on his strike partners.”