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Leeds have some of the most talented midfielders in the Championship.
However, one man who perhaps doesn’t get all that much credit is Adam Forshaw, but Marcelo Bielsa this week revealed how highly he rated the former Middlesbrough man.
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Speaking his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Argentine waxed lyrical about the midfielder stating that he’s a brilliant all-round player, hailing him for his efforts while also comparing him to two of Leeds’ finest players.
He told reporters:
“Forshaw is a player who, when he has played, he is always between the better players of the team.
“He has a feature that is very difficult to get. He defends similar to Kalvin, he attacks similar to Klich.
“What he does close to Phillips doesn’t impede, it is not a problem for him when he goes close to Klich to attack. You are not going to find a lot of players with this kind of characteristic.
“Yesterday I read something about Arthur [Barcelona midfielder] and it explained how difficult it is to find a player with this profile.
“Always Adam when he plays is one of the players who runs more and not just in total distance, in sprints in high intensity.”
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This is huge praise from the Argentine, especially if he’s drawing parallels to a man who plays for Barcelona, one that cost £35.5m at that.
However, the comparison between Klich and Phillips is a lot fairer. They are arguably two of Leeds’ best players, so for Bielsa to say that Forshaw combines the best qualities of both his teammates is a fine compliment.
The 28-year-old’s role in the team is so important as it enables the two midfielders alongside him to do their jobs to the best of their abilities, while also being able to contribute himself.
Bielsa clearly considers him one of his more important players, and he’ll certainly be looking forward to his return to fitness.