Prutton: Forshaw will sort this major Leeds issue out - still need to secure key signing
Former Leeds United star David Prutton says that the club’s latest signing Adam Forshaw will help sort out the discipline issues running through the squad but Thomas Christiansen still needs to sign a new striker.
The Whites confirmed the arrival of the 26-year-old midfielder on Thursday in a £4.5million move, joining from Championship rivals Middlesbrough and putting pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
✍️ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Adam Forshaw from Sky Bet Championship rivals Middlesbrough
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 18, 2018
The central star, who has made just 14 appearances for Boro across all competitions this season, has 35 Premier League outings under his belt after earning promotion to the top flight two seasons ago, and Prutton believes this experience will help sort out the major issue of discipline at Elland Road.
The Whites have picked up the second most yellow cards in the Championship this season and have seen two players set off in as many games, most recently Eunan O’Kane for a headbutt against Ipswich Town.
The former Leeds figure states that having held the responsibility of being a key figure for Middlesbrough in the Premier League will rub off on his new team mates, although he insists the club need to be targeting a new striker in what could prove key to their top six hopes.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Forshaw is a player that has got some good experience and some considerable Premier League experience and he might steady the ship somewhat.
“With the timing of his arrival and with who is competing against in midfield, he has got a real chance to be that first midfield name on the team sheet. It will be him in there with Ronaldo (Vieira), Kalvin (Phillips) or Eunan O’Kane.
“I still think the striker issue needs to be addressed at Leeds. The ones that are quite obviously clinical and prolific at this stage of the season, nobody is going to let them go.
“So it’s being able to either get somebody in the Premier League who is kicking their heels or from a Championship point of view.”
Leeds will be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Ipswich on Saturday when they play host to Millwall, knowing that victory could push them back into the play off spots.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are set to welcome a duo of young talents to the club imminently.