It’s been a funny season for Adam Forshaw, who has had his first full campaign at Leeds United disrupted by injuries.
Leeds moved to sign Forshaw last January, but he missed the start of the 2018/19 campaign with a foot injury, whilst he’s been on the sidelines for over a month now.
And, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he’s not ready to return just yet to aid Leeds’ promotion push.
The reaction from supporters was a mixed one, with some desperate to see Forshaw back to offer the head-coach another option. However, others aren’t convinced by what the 27-year-old brings to the side, with one fan even describing it as ‘no big loss’.
For Forshaw, he needs to use this criticism to motivate him on his return and show the Elland Road doubters why he’s worth his place in Bielsa’s plans.
Firstly, you’ve got to say that Forshaw is a good player who offers a lot to this side – out of Bielsa’s midfield options, he’s the only one who can play both the No.4 and No.8 role with ease, whilst whoscored.com highlight that he’s got a pass success rate of 88.2% this season, which is the highest within the squad.
That versatility and ability in possession means he is vital to a Bielsa squad and the style of play they implement.
Of course, Forshaw has his limitations and has made mistakes, but another big factor he brings to this squad is his experience.
Forshaw has been involved in a promotion-winning squad before at Middlesbrough, whilst not many others at Elland Road have that feather in their cap.
So, in the coming 11 games, whatever role Forshaw plays on the field, he will be a big influence in Bielsa’s dressing room as Leeds push for a Premier League return.
Leeds’ supporters often overlook these factors when they criticise the player, who will recognise his importance to the side.
Now, it’s about returning as soon as possible and proving these doubters wrong.