Noel Whelan has revealed that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is disappointed not to have scored for the Whites yet.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and lifelong supporter at Elland Road says that the former Middlesbrough man has seriously impressed him with his positioning in attacking areas, insisting he has improved significantly since last season.

Forshaw has established himself in Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred midfield trio, the 27-year-old joined by Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich in the centre of the pitch.

Whelan says that while other players are taking the plaudits, Forshaw has also been hugely impressive – even if he is disappointed about not yet finding the back of the net for Leeds.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Adam Forshaw, I did an interview with him afterwards, he’s gutted he’s not got on the scoresheet (v Brentford). His performance, he’s laughing about it, loving his football at the minute.

“He’s been exceptional. Everyone’s talking about your flair players and your wingers and your goalscorers and strikers on the bench but he’s very much an unsung hero at the minute. I’ve been very impressed with him in that central midfield role.

“His goal will come – he didn’t have that bit of luck against Wigan but he’s getting in positions he never did last year. I love that.” 

Forshaw has played 48 times for Leeds, with two assists all he has contributed to the club’s goal-scoring exploits so far.

He is one of the most experienced members of the Leeds squad in terms of Championship appearances, having played 120 times in the second tier – a stat only topped by six of his teammates.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has claimed that the board at Elland Road are in talks over the future of an “absolute star”.