Noel Whelan has hailed “totally transformed” Adam Forshaw for his “phenomenal” start to the season for Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker explained how he has been blown away by the impact made by Forshaw for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

The central midfielder, 27, has started all three of Leeds’ Championship matches after being given the nod ahead of the likes of Helder Costa, Jack Clarke and Jamie Shackleton.

“The way Forshaw has started this season has been phenomenal, he’s been unreal,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s been totally transformed compared to last season, when he didn’t do enough, for me.

“He was calm on the ball but made mistakes at the end of last season. It’s like we now have a different player on our hands.

“I thought Jamie Shackleton would be used alongside Mateusz Klich, but Forshaw has been given the role and delivered some almost perfect performances. The only thing missing has been a goal.

“His work rate has been phenomenal, he looks really fit and confident in his own ability. When he passes the ball he is moving forward as well and getting into the box. He looks a lot more dangerous as a midfielder.”

Forshaw is establishing himself as a key player in Bielsa’s side after a mixed time since arriving from Middlesbrough for £4million in January of last year.

He has made 47 appearances in total for the Whites spread across a year-and-a-half.

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