Today saw the return of key midfielder Adam Forshaw. The Leeds United midfielder had been out of action since the Southend game in pre-season and returned as a second half substitute at Millwall today. It provides a timely boost with ongoings in the last two weeks.
Forshaw has missed almost two months of action ahead of today and the plan wasn’t really to give him game time. Marcelo Bielsa wants him to play for the under 23’s to help build him up without throwing him in, but today there was too many spaces to fill. Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford, Gaetano Berardi, Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton were all missing, five players who have all been in the squad more weeks than not so far this season. Forshaw was joined by Ryan Edmondson, Jack Clarke and Tom Pearce on a youthful looking bench.
Last Leeds sub: Kalvin Phillips off, Adam Forshaw on. 74th min. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 15, 2018
Although Forshaw didn’t have a huge impact it was nice to see him back on the grass. A few nice passes and the ability to take the ball in tight areas was evident as he worked his way into proceedings. He was much more suited to the role than Mateusz Klich who is a more advanced midfielder. Forshaw is a defensive minded player and with a back three today, or a back five in some ways Klich was asked to sit very deep and he wasn’t quite comfortable.
Forshaw was Leeds’ biggest signing since relegation from the Premier League when he joined in January from Middlesbrough. Since then the same pathway was used by Patrick Bamford for an initial £7 million. Although Forshaw was a big signing at £4.5 million it seemed money well spent when he was fit last season. A composed and experienced player and one who is a leader in the way he plays. At a time when Leeds lacked leaders he stood up, and this season is set to be a big one for him under Bielsa.