One of the most interesting situations at Leeds United at the moment is the gradually returning Adam Forshaw. Marcelo Bielsa said he was in the best form at the club before he was injured in pre-season and we already know he rates him highly. However Mateusz Klich is arguably the first name on the team-sheet currently.

Adam Forshaw was set to start the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s in-form central midfielder providing the link between attack and defence before his injury. Now on return he faces the prospect of pushing someone out of the side, and who that will be, or could potentially be isn’t straight forward. His most suited position is the central midfield one between Kalvin Phillips and Samu Saiz, best described as the “Klich role”. There is the issue for Forshaw, Mateusz Klich is currently nailing that position.

Leeds United Midfielder Adam Forshaw (4) during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Southend United and Leeds United at Roots Hall, Southend, England on 22 July 2018. Picture by Stephen Wright.

The next question has to be, can they play together? Simple answer, yes. The idea of going away on a tough trip to a team like Middlesbrough at some stage and changing things slightly, playing the pair, seems like a very trusty duo. You could play the pair of them in the middle along with Phillips, Saiz and Hernandez as narrow forwards in behind Kemar Roofe. Just a thought. You could also play Phillips in a back three, Forshaw deep and Klich supporting forward players.

The two are both compatible because both, mainly Mateusz Klich, is a dynamic midfielder. Bielsa has described the pair as “complete midfielders” because they can do a bit of everything. They should then be able to play as a two, or in the same team. The experience and composure the pair could bring to a central midfield, with Saiz, Hernandez and say Jack Harrison all in the same side is quite the prospect.

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