Leeds United must ‘recruit’ a new central midfielder in the near future despite the return of Adam Forshaw, according to journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Forshaw shines against Leicester
The Whites earned a solid point after a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday, making it three games unbeaten in the top flight.
Forshaw impressed at Elland Road as he completed 90 minutes as he bridged a huge gap of 799 days to his last league start.
The midfielder enjoyed an 81% pass completion rate, recorded three successful dribbles and made eight ball recoveries against the Foxes as he sought to make up for lost time following two years of injury hell.
The Latest: Hay wants a new midfielder
Despite Forshaw’s performance and availability, Hay still believes that Leeds should be looking into signing a new midfielder, admitting as much in a Q&A for The Athletic after Sunday’s game. He said:
“If the entire squad is in form then I’d say Forshaw is a bench player for now. But given the fact that the midfield isn’t settled and we’re seeing limited quality from someone like Klich, he must have a chance of breaking in if he stays 100 per cent fit.
“I can see enough in his performances to see how he fits and how he could make a difference. But further down the line, they have to recruit in that area.”
The Verdict: Makes total sense
It is completely logical for a midfield addition to be sought by Hay, with Forshaw not necessarily someone who can be relied upon in the long-term and Marcelo Bielsa not having an abundance of options in that position.
At 30, Forshaw isn’t getting any younger, and considering that he missed two years of action, there is no guarantee that he will remain fit for long periods again.
Bringing in a younger option such at Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien, who was continually linked with a move to Elland Road in the summer, could be shrewd business, with the 23-year-old averaging 2.7 tackles per game in the Championship so far this season – a better average for this metric than anyone in Bielsa’s current squad.
In other news, Leeds have been linked with a move for one player. Find out who it is here.
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