By Danny Mills

3rd Dec, 2021 | 8:00pm

Mills delivers withering Forshaw verdict after amaing Leeds reveal

Adam Forshaw’s high running stats tell us nothing about his performances for Leeds United, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted we must dive deeper into how intense the runs Forshaw makes to get a real picture of his effectiveness.

Opta’s Jonny Cooper tweeted yesterday (2 December) the midfielder averages a distance covered of 12.11km per 90 minutes.

That is higher than any outfield player to play at least 300 minutes in the Premier League this term.

Asked for his verdict, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Is it huge amounts? Not really.

“A lot of that will just be moving around. If I asked you to walk for 90 minutes you wouldn’t be far off that.

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“We need to look at effective distance. This is the problem, stats don’t tell the whole story. What was he doing in that time? Was he closing people down or was he just moving?

“This is where I don’t always agree with all these stats. There has to be a reason and purpose behind the running.

“We used to play against Arsenal and run twice as far and get beat 4-0! It becomes irrelevant.

“Sometimes as a midfield player, you can just jog round and round without it being effective. You’d have to analyse the games and the movements I’d take it with a pinch of salt.

“Realistically you’re asking a professional athlete to run 12km in 90 minutes. If you ask a runner to do that you’re looking at about 36 minutes.

“It should be about high-speed distance and high intensity. Then you have to overlay that with the games that he’s played and the type of game it is. What has he done? Were those runs effective?

“You could run 70, 80 yards to chase down a goalkeeper and it’s pointless. It’s about what is effective and what is not.”

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