Leeds tipped to freeze out 36-cap international after Forshaw reveal - pundit
Mateusz Klich could find himself frozen out of the Leeds United line-up after Adam Forshaw’s injury return against Leicester, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 30-year-old has the “experience and composure” needed to shine in the Premier League.
799 days after his last league start, Forshaw returned to the Leeds United starting eleven in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City on Sunday – having built up his fitness in recent weeks after recovering from a swathe of injury problems.
Speaking after the game, as quoted by Leeds Live (November 7th), manager Marcelo Bielsa said the midfielder’s return to the side was a “prize for his perseverance” and praised his “physical qualities”.
During Forshaw’s 90-minute return, he completed three dribbles – the second most of any player on the pitch (WhoScored).
Whelan suggested Bielsa would continue to favour the Englishman over 36-cap Poland international Klich.
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“It was really encouraging to see Forshaw back in that starting line-up,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Not least because we didn’t know if we were going to see him in a Leeds shirt again.
“He’s had two horrible years out through injury, and that is tough to come back from for any professional.
“He and Phillips seemed to have a really good understanding in the midfield. He gave us just a bit more presence in there, a bit more aggression.
“That partnership worked better than having Klich in there, it was great to see Forshaw back.
“He has that experience and composure that we need in that midfield area. Klich could be the one to miss out now.”
The midfielder signed for Leeds United from Middlesbrough in 2018.
He fetched a reported fee in excess of £2million.