Leeds Rhinos: Erwin and Sloth set to go out on loan as Botaka prepares for debut

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UWE ROSLER admits Leeds United are ready to send peripheral squad members out on loan with striker Lee Erwin likely heading for a spell away from Elland Road.

UWE ROSLER admits Leeds United are ready to send peripheral squad members out on loan with striker Lee Erwin likely heading for a spell away from Elland Road.

Goal-scoring prospect Erwin was signed from Motherwell in the summer but has yet to feature for United with Rosler opting to take a patient approach with the 21-year-old former Scottish under-19 international.

And with United’s head coach set to add further strength to his squad with the imminent loan signing of Sunderland winger Will Buckley next Friday, the German hinted that Erwin could be sent out on loan.

Asked if a player like Erwin could benefit from a short spell with another club, Rosler said: “Yes. I think now we are getting a squad that is good in numbers. I don’t think it’s a big squad but we don’t now have a small squad.

“We have good numbers where everybody has a chance to come into the 18 still and has the chance to play but you have to compete and there is probably also a chance for us to maybe loan out one player maybe for development reasons – not to push someone out to the side.

“That is an opportunity we did not have not before and I think I would be comfortable now with that sort of scenario because we have a duty to develop all of the players and try and make all the players better, even the players that have not been on the pitch or in the 18-man squad.

“My wish is to make everybody better and sometimes I can’t give him that playing arena.

“I can give him the training arena and the technical and tactical arena but I can’t give him the playing area.

“But it is also my duty to find a development area for him on the playing arena. I couldn’t have done that before but now I can do it and I feel much more comfortable now than I did five or six weeks ago.

“We have good competition and if something happens for example long term injury wise you can still go into the loan market when we need to.

“But we are not actually looking at this moment in time to bring one more player in.”

Danish Midfielder Casper Sloth is another player Rosler might consider loaning out but the German hinted that recent recruit Jordan Botaka could make his debut in Sunday’s clash at Middlesbrough.

The winger was an unused substitute in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at MK Dons and Rosler said: “Last week he was on the bench and I was really, really keen to bring him on.

“But, how the game panned out, I felt that was not the right thing to do.

“He has now picked up form and he was very lively this week and I mean form in terms of he gets used to the physicality and intensity of our game.

“He is still a little bit of an unknown quantity for me as well but I want to see him and I feel like our supporters - I want to see him.

“We will see. He was very lively this week and his fitness and sharpness is getting better and better.”

Rosler also said he had no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s tie, adding: “You always have players that feel a little bit here and then come in on Saturday and say they are absolutely fit and some players who are feeling great today maybe don’t tomorrow. But in this current time everyone is very well.”