Premier League side Leeds United will reportedly look to put Adam Forshaw on the loan market in the upcoming January transfer window.
Football Insider have reported that Forshaw’s career at Leeds is currently in major doubt because of his regular injury concerns.
Leeds are looking to loan out Forshaw
The report from Football Insider states that while Marcelo Bielsa’s stance has always been one of admiration of Forshaw’s ability on the ball and composure, he believes that a loan move in January can help the Englishman regain some confidence and match fitness.
Should Leeds sell Forshaw permanently?
There is hope at the club that Forshaw can move out on loan next month and return to Leeds later to then compete for a first-team spot. However, the club is hoping to loan Forshaw out in January whenever he regains fitness, since the midfielder has played only once for the Elland Road-based side in August 2019.
In the past, Bielsa has shared some of his admiration for Forshaw:
“He has a feature that is very difficult to get.
“He defends similar to Kalvin, he attacks similar to Klich.
“What he does close to Phillips doesn’t impede, it is not a problem for him when he goes close to Klich to attack.”
Part Phillips, part Klich?
The report has claimed that there are ‘intense’ physical demands under Bielsa at Leeds and because of the player’s fitness, a first-team spot may not be within Forshaw’s reach anyway.
The 29-year-old made seven league appearances in the 2019/20 season for the Whites and racked up a rating of 6.76. In the 2018/19 campaign, the midfielder made 31 appearances and was rated at 6.66 (as per Whoscored).
So while Forshaw played regularly, the ratings suggests that he wasn’t exactly a vital player for them, even if Bielsa believes he can serve as a sort of hybrid covering as back-up for both Phillips and Klich. Therefore, perhaps a loan move would indeed be the best thing for all parties involved.
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