The Chalkboard: Forshaw’s departure could give Shackleton greater opportunities

Just 18 months after his arrival at Elland Road, Adam Forshaw may be on his way out of Yorkshire as recently relegated Fulham have been showing an interest in his services.

The 27-year-old joined Leeds from Middlesbrough in a deal worth £4.5m, but he may be on the move again this summer as Scott Parker looks to bolster his midfield.

Would be a loss

Although Forshaw wasn’t really a key player for Marcelo Bielsa last season, he would be missed if he were to leave the club.

He is quite clearly a very competent midfielder in the second division – he won promotion with Middlesbrough back in 2016, helped Leeds to a third-place finish last season, and he is now being targeted by one of next season’s promotion hopefuls.

Fulham’s midfield will undoubtedly be amongst the best in the Championship with Stefan Johansen, Tom Cairney and Kevin McDonald a tried and tested trio at this level, and the addition of Forshaw would only improve that.

Shackleton step up

Leeds are already quite light in the midfield and with Kalvin Phillips potentially headed out of the club as well, it could be time for Jamie Shackleton to move into a more prominent role.

The 19-year-old was mightily impressive in the playoff semi-finals against Derby County, and United fans have been excited about his development. In recent weeks both Noel Whelan and Phil Hay have called him the most talented youngster at the club ahead of Jack Clarke.

An opening in the midfield may see him thrust into the starting XI next season as Bielsa has never been afraid of throwing his young players in at the deep end.

The £4.5m-rated Forshaw’s transfer to Fulham could be the catalyst that kickstarts a prosperous career for Shackleton as first-team opportunities could be headed his way.