Leeds United journalist Phil Hay has been speaking about what the feeling is like inside the club about Adam Forshaw.
The midfielder started his first Premier League game for Leeds last weekend against Leicester City in what saw him partner Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the pitch and he managed to last 89 minutes, which is a massive achievement given his recent injury record.
Is Forshaw good enough to start for Leeds?
Some Leeds fans seemingly wanted the club to sign a midfielder over the summer and despite links to Conor Gallagher and Lewis O’Brien they failed to do so, although owner Andrea Radrizzani told a fan that Forshaw would be their new midfielder signing, presumably because of how little he’s featured over the last couple of years.
Speaking on the Phil Hay Show, Hay offered an insight into how people are feeling about Forshaw after he came through the Leicester game.
(29:14) “As you saw on Sunday with Forshaw you have to be able to play at that level of intensity and I think that’ll probably be the biggest thing for Forshaw out of that game.
“Not only the technical performance but the feeling from what I’m told he’s been fine after the game, the feeling that he came through it no problem and that he was able to cope with the pace of Leicester’s players and the intensity of their running.”
TIF Thoughts on Forshaw…
Given that the midfielder suffered from a two-year injury ordeal, perhaps some fans would have been quite sceptical of him picking up a potential injury on his return.
However, it was an impressive outing for Forshaw who was showing no signs of holding anything back as he completed the second most dribbles out of any Leeds player against Leicester, while also carrying the ball the third most out of anyone in the side, so he was looking to drive the team forward and show he’s capable of playing at this level.
Leeds are relatively light when it comes to bodies in midfield with Phillips a regular in the side when fit, but other than that Marcelo Bielsa calls upon Mateusz Klich and has also played Pascal Struijk in there, but for the latter to grow and develop into a top player, Bielsa will know he must be played in his natural position in the heart of the defence.
Therefore, if they can find a way to keep Forshaw on the pitch and away from the injury room, they could certainly have a big player on their hands, if he continues to perform as he did against Leicester.