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The 2019 summer transfer window saw a number of Leeds United players linked with moves away from the club, such as Kalvin Phillips amidst interest from Aston Villa and Jack Clarke, who did eventually make the move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Yet the West Yorkshire side also managed to retain the services of Adam Forshaw and that has so far proven to be a very wise decision.
Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw was linked with a potential move away from Elland Road in the summer window, with reports linking the 28-year-old with a move to Fulham.
According to Yorkshire Evening Post, the club rejected offers for Forshaw, Phillips, Luke Ayling and Pablo Hernandez in summer, though it’s unclear whether the Cottagers were the side behind the bid.
Forshaw’s importance to the side was quickly illuminated this season as started all of Leeds’ first six league games, with the Whites enjoying an unbeaten run – four wins and two draws – to amplify their promotion credentials.
Yet an injury to the former Middlesbrough man has seen him sideline and Leeds’ form has consequently and perhaps not so coincidentally dropped, leaving Bielsa’s side fifth in the Championship table.
Although Bielsa could have been tempted to cash in on Forshaw amidst summer interest, the decision to retain the midfielder’s services is currently proving to be a wise move from the Argentinian boss.
Bielsa will be hoping that the 28-year-old is able to return from injury and resume his place in the starting XI for the clash against Birmingham City, with Leeds Live suggesting he could be line for a start in the game at Elland Road.
If Forshaw is fit to start, his manager will be hoping he can breath fresh life back into the club’s performances and their promotion bid.
And if he manages to help the promotion-chasing outfit return to winning ways, the summer decision will only be vindicated further.