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Leeds United: Conor McGilligan hails ‘absolutely fantastic’ star who ‘continues to defy logic’

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Conor McGilligan has been waxing lyrical over Leeds United star Adam Forshaw while speaking on the One Leeds Fan Channel, labelling the midfielder as ‘a new signing’ who is ‘defying logic’ as he continues to flourish within Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the Premier League.

Forshaw has started each of the last four league games since returning from an 800-day injury lay-off against Southampton in October, and was once again exceptional against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side at Elland Road on Tuesday evening, recording a 90.7% passing accuracy and successfully completing 39 out of his 43 midfield passes (as per LUFCDATA).

He helped Marcelo Bielsa’s side claim a vital three points to secure a 1-0 victory following Raphinha’s stoppage-time penalty, a result which could really reignite the Yorkshire outfit’s season as they aim to surge up the league table.

Speaking on the One Leeds Fan YouTube channel, McGilligan has hailed the 30-year-old midfield ace, citing his display against the Eagles as ‘absolutely fantastic’ while also claiming that he is vindicating owner Andrea Radrizzani’s claim that he is like a ‘new signing’ after being absent from action for over two years due to injury.

McGilligan said: “Quick shoutout to Adam Forshaw who is defying logic at the minute and Andrea Radrizanni was right, he is like a new signing.

“Whether or not he was seeing him in training, whether or not he was just completely convinced by what he’d seen two and a bit years ago, he is like a new signing; he’s like a new midfielder and I thought he was absolutely fantastic.

“I thought Gallagher was their best player. But I thought in and around him, Forshaw was doing a really good job. I thought he was doing a fantastic job overall, really.”

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The midfielder, who joined Leeds from Middlesbrough for a reported fee of £2m in 2018, has now featured in nine senior games across all competitions, including four starts in the Premier League, and is becoming an increasingly important component of Bielsa’s midfield.

His reintroduction into Bielsa’s first-choice XI has also really taken a lot of pressure off the shoulders of England ace Kalvin Phillips, who has been a prominent feature of Bielsa’s squads at Elland Road.

However, Forshaw could well be fighting for his Elland Road future with his contract expiring at the end of this season, and the Whites have been linked with a move for Reading ace John Swift as they seek to strengthen their central midfield.

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