Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham has his say on why letting Lee Erwin leave on loan is a bad move and who should actually be leaving Lufc for a short term loan.
With the emergency loan market set to open on 9th September, Leeds will be one of the many clubs to dip a toe into the proverbial pool of players that are set to be made available by Premiership clubs.
It might not just be players joining the club in the coming weeks though, with the rumoured availability of recent signing Lee Erwin. The young Scottish forward joined Leeds on June 10th and was a main feature throughout preseason. Prior to his move, Erwin had created quite a buzz at Motherwell, picking up 4 goals in his last 5 games for the club, proving his capabilities upfront.
Although Leeds have seen loan spells for players like Jermaine Beckford, Bradley Johnson and as recently as Charlie Taylor turn them into a regular first team stars, this move could leave Leeds a little short upfront.
Since boasting a strike force of over 7 forwards at the start of the transfer market, Leeds would look a less stable side if they were to allow Erwin to leave and see an injury or suspension to Wood or Antenucci back them into a tight spot.
With Erwin currently starring for the development team and fitting in at not only centre forward but capable of filling in at left wing, to lose him would be a bad option for the likes of cover.
Instead of letting the young Scottish forward leave on loan, it should be Souleymane Doukara who departs the club in search of first team football.
The self proclaimed 'Duke of Leeds' showed a glimmer of talent last season, picking up 4 goals in the first few months of the season. However, his form dropped and it now seems like he's on the bench as the last option in a game.
At the young age of 23-years old, Doukara has plenty of time to discover his form and become a star player for Leeds United. Yet I can't help but think that a spell away in League One could see the forward return to Elland Road in fine fettle and push forward into challenging Wood for a starting spot.
In my honest opinion, Erwin should be allowed his chance in the first team and Doukara should be allowed to leave on loan to give him some regular game time in English football.
Other players I believe should be loaned out to gain first team experience are Chris Dawson, Alex Purver, Lewis Walters and Lewie Coyle. These youngsters have continued to impress in the youth ranks and now deserve a chance to prove their worth to the team in the form of loan spells.