Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw’s disappointing run of form continued as he produced another poor display in his side’s 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday, and manager Marcelo Bielsa must have been left scratching his head.
Well, the 27-year-old player looked as though he was going to be a really key man for the Yorkshire club this season when he was finally fit to play towards the September after missing the early stages of the campaign because of injury.
The former Middlesbrough man impressed in a central role behind the striker in Bielsa’s preferred 4-1-4-1 system throughout October and November, but his showings have visibly dipped in the last few weeks and led him to come under criticism from his own fans on Twitter.
It was certainly the same situation – albeit he was playing as the shield to the back four, as he has done recently – at Loftus Road on Sunday, where his lack of pace was a problem against a Rangers attack who were quick and mobile.
Bielsa will certainly be confused by Forshaw’s recent displays given he was so impressive when he became a regular in the starting XI towards the end of 2018, and even though it is a position he has been accustomed to before perhaps he simply doesn’t suited a defensive midfield role – especially when he is performing it on his own.
The issue is that the 27-year-old doesn’t particularly have the attacking nous Leeds require to play regularly in a role behind the striker, which has left the Argentine manager with something of a conundrum.
When Kalvin Phillips returns from suspension he will be the main man screening the defence, and with Mateusz Klich seemingly guaranteed one of the other central spots, Forshaw could be under huge pressure if the likes of Tyler Roberts, Lewis Baker and Patrick Bamford start to step up to the plate, or if a new player arrives at Elland Road this month to replace Samu Saiz.
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