Revealed: Bielsa earmarks major Leeds role for barely seen 28-year-old
Marcelo Bielsa has earmarked a big Leeds United role for Adam Forshaw in the second half of the campaign, Football Insider understands.
The central midfielder, 28, has made just one substitute appearance since August due to injury after beginning the campaign in fine form and in the United starting XI.
A Leeds source told Football Insider that Bielsa still has full faith in Forshaw and plans to use him extensively when he is available for selection.
The Argentine snubbed the chance to push for a new midfielder signing in January and instead opted to stick with the players at his disposal.
The versatile Stuart Dallas, a career winger who has played extensively at left-back and right-back this season, has slotted into central midfield in the last two matches during Kalvin Phillips’ suspension.
Forshaw has been absent now for five months with a hip injury but Bielsa has been patient with a player he rates highly.
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The United coaching staff are wary of pushing the January 2018 signing from Middlesbrough before he is ready, and the medical staff have not recommended he undergoes an operation.
Bielsa regards Forshaw as vital to the team’s playing style as his calm distribution and ability to dictate the rhythm of matches helps Leeds dominate games and wear opponents down.
The midfielder is likely to compete with Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts for one of the two advanced midfielder spots in front of anchorman Phillips when he is fit again.
Forshaw has made just 52 appearances for United during more than two years of the club because of a regular stream of serious injuries.
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