By Noel Whelan

26th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Whelan Exclusive: Senior star's Leeds days may be numbered amid big new development

Noel Whelan has suggested Adam Forshaw’s days at Leeds United will be numbered if he doesn’t shine during an expected loan move.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites forward and boyhood Elland Road fan admitted he fears for the 29-year-old if he cannot prove he is capable of playing 90 minutes every week.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week the Yorkshire giants are willing to allow the midfielder to leave on loan next month with the Championship his likely destination.

Forshaw has been struggling with a hip injury for 16 months and it is hoped a temporary move could help him re-find his fitness.

“I don’t think he’ll be up to speed for the Premier League,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He’s been out for such a long time that many thought he might not come back from this injury. It got to that stage where it became a lot more serious than we thought.

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“He had an operation in America and we thought that would sort it and then he’d be back a lot quicker but he’s been really struggling to get back to fitness.

“Right now the best for both parties, player and club, if he is fit enough to go out on loan and get continuous game time, 90 minutes each week with a side, then absolutely that’s the right decision.

“That will tell you if he’s properly fit or not. He needs to be playing week in, week out, not 10 minutes here or 20 minutes there, not under-23s matches, proper competitive football to see if he’d be able cope with the demands of the Premier League.

“It’s about consistency, if he can do 90 minutes week in, week out then taht will be a sign he may have an opportunity back at Leeds United when he’s done that.

“If it doesn’t happen, then I do fear for him.”

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