By Alex McLeish

13th Jan, 2022 | 6:00pm

Pundit hails Leeds 'team building' plan after Forshaw update

Adam Forshaw has established himself as an “integral part” of the Leeds United starting XI since returning from injury.

That is the view of former Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites are right to offer the 30-year-old a new contract at Elland Road.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post on Monday (10 January), Leeds are set to tie Forshaw down to a new deal in the coming weeks.

The midfielder’s current terms expire at the end of the season.

McLeish insisted Forshaw is now one of the first names on the Leeds teamsheet after returning from injury.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s got to a situation where he looks a first pick for Bielsa now.

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“He’s probably not the type of player that you would associate Bielsa with. People associate him with flair and speed but the organisation of Forshaw is excellent.

“He’s one of those players who is just tidy, very tidy. Not spectacular, but tidy. A little bit of that ‘what if’ player. What if something happens? He’s going to be the player who’s going to cover.

“If someone’s away on a mazy run or dribbling out of position, he seems to be the guy who fixes a lot of the mistakes.

“He’s an integral part of the team. It takes a lot to build a team. It’s not just about flair players and fast players. You have need real intelligence in there.

“Players who have different kinds of personalities, different styles of play. That’s what makes a team.”

Forshaw returned from two years out of action earlier this season.

He has managed to make 15 appearances across all competitions so far.

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