Kilmarnock has today unveiled the signing of Leeds United striker Lee Erwin. The 23-year-old Scot has penned a two-year contract at Rugby Park after falling out of favour with the Sky Bet Championship club. He started just two league matches whilst with Leeds.
Killie are managed by Lee McCulloch, who played for the likes of Wigan Athletic and Rangers during his playing days, and has signed Erwin to complement the likes of Kris Boyd, Rory McKenzie, Greg Kiltie and Alex Samizadeh in his squad.
It would be fair to say that Erwin hasn’t been in the plans of any manager at Elland Road over the last few seasons. The last time he actually played a competitive game for the club was the 2-2 draw with Hull City back in April 2016, and Hull have been promoted and relegated out of the Premier League during that time!
Erwin is at least no stranger to Scottish football having started his professional career whilst with Motherwell, where he impressed enough to earn a move to Leeds back in 2015 by then manager Uwe Rosler. Steve Evans, Garry Monk and Thomas Christiansen have all elected to rarely feature him in their plans since then. The player ended last season on loan at League One Oldham Athletic, where he scored ten goals in all competitions.
He did feature for Leeds in their initial pre-season games earlier on, but did not travel on their pre-season tour of Austria, which reflected the fact that he would soon be moving on. Toumani Diagouraga was another to be left out, and he too is likely to be headed out of the club before the transfer window closes as well.
Kilmarnock face Dumbarton at home tomorrow in the Betfred Cup, where Erwin may possibly make his debut for the club. Perhaps the following week represents a more realistic chance for him to do so, where Killie take on St Johnstone as the Scottish Premiership gets back underway.