The return of Adam Forshaw couldn’t be more timely for Leeds United. The midfielder is seen as a key component in Marcelo Bielsa’s team this campaign and is set to make a return to full action very soon after his appearance on Saturday from the bench.
Today saw Forshaw come from the bench for the under 23’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Forshaw will almost certainly be on the bench tomorrow along with Ryan Edmondson, another player who sat on the bench with Forshaw today. The first-team needs numbers but it’s more than that under Bielsa, the numbers have to be right. Because there is so much talent in the under 23’s Bielsa can call on young players to make up the numbers.
If they weren’t there you wouldn’t put it past him to not have seven on the bench if he didn’t think those players were good enough. It’s become so apparent that he wants quality over quantity and that is a refreshing change from previous coaches and not just coaches, previous regimes. Forshaw replaced Lewis Baker, another who will play a part tomorrow, probably off the bench if he does get some game time.
Forshaw’s injury left a door open in the side, a door that was entered by Poland international Mateusz Klich. The injury to Forshaw meant Klich got his chance, and not just off the bench, he got a run of games to impress and now he’s probably ahead of Forshaw in the pecking order. The same should go for Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison who are both trying to show what they can do after injuries to Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe.