Leeds United are well in the hunt for a playoff spot this season, and coach Thomas Christiansen will harbour a real sense of belief that he can lead the Whites to a long-awaited Premier League return in his first season in charge in West Yorkshire.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are optimistic, and are well behind their manager and squad as the club enter the business end of the season. With the Christmas period out the way and a further fifty-seven points up for grabs, this rowdy bunch are already beginning to dream of a top flight return. However new additions are needed this month if Leeds are to continue their march up the table, and reports today have suggested that the club are closing in on a deal for Middlesbrough midfielder, Adam Forshaw. Our landlord sat down with fans to chat about the former Everton trainee, with everyone excited by what the player will bring to Elland Road.
Forshaw made just a single appearance for Everton in the Premier League before heading out on loan to Brentford, with his move to West London being made permanent in the summer of 2012. Forshaw enjoyed two wonderful years at Griffin Park, tasting the disappointment of playoff final heartbreak, before securing automatic promotion the following season to secure a dream jump into the Championship. Eleven goals in eighty-two appearances marked a solid return for the midfielder, who earned a move back to the north west with Wigan Athletic following the appointment of former Bees boss Uwe Rosler as manager. Forshaw is a classy player, capable of finding space in the middle of the park and dictating play, and although he couldn’t force his way into Tony Pulis’ plans at The Riverside Stadium, this signing could prove to be the best piece of business Christiansen does all season.
Leeds have lacked that final member to add to their midfield unit consisting of the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira, and Forshaw will provide that creative spark from the middle. His pinpoint balls are set to release Ezgjan Alioski, Samu Saiz and Kemar Roofe for fun, and with the diminutive midfielder in the side, Leeds have to be considered certs to achieve a playoff ticket this semester.
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