Leeds United journalist Joe Donnohue has given his thoughts on the future of Adam Forshaw at the club following his recent performances.
Having been out for an agonisingly long time since September 2019 with injury, the 30-year-old midfielder has slowly been making his way back into the Leeds side, making six appearances so far under Marcelo Bielsa and making it through the vast majority of their recent game against Leicester City before being subbed off in added time.
His display in that game and his ability to overcome his setback earned him high praise from Leeds boss Bielsa, who was quoted as saying: “It’s a prize for his perseverance. He spent two years without playing. He never gave up. Also, to give value to all those who collaborated with his recovery. It’s very difficult to come back to this level after two years out. More than any consideration, Forshaw got this by himself.”
And speaking about the midfielder on the latest edition of The Blue, White and Yellow podcast, following a joke by presenter Conor McGilligan about a potential England call-up for Forshaw, Donnohue, whilst playing along with the joke somewhat, did hint that his performances since coming back into the fold could very well earn him a new deal at some point in the future:
“I mean, if Forshaw continues with those performances, I think the next port of call will be a new contract, never mind an England call-up.”
TIF Thoughts on Joe Donnohue’s comments about Adam Forshaw at Leeds United…
Is Forshaw good enough to start for Leeds?
Forshaw certainly is in an interesting place when it comes to his Leeds United career. His contract is set to expire this upcoming summer, and at the age of 30, he’s approaching that age where his abilities might start to decline, especially when you factor in his time out with his injury.
However, the fact that Bielsa appears to be showing so much faith in him does hint that the Argentinian might have something planned for him in the future. It is probably too early to say that he deserves a new contract based purely on his limited appearances so far this season, but a one-year deal is probably a safe way to go about things.
It will give Leeds United a little bit more time to assess his performances this season and see what they want to do with him. If he isn’t able to get well and truly up to scratch, then they can sell him this summer, as even if the fee isn’t great, it is still better than nothing.
But if he is able to get back up and playing at a decent level, then Leeds can continue to use him next season and perhaps even beyond that if he can earn another new deal.