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Adam Forshaw hasn’t done a lot wrong this season.
In fact, he’s arguably been one of the most steady players in the Leeds side and is averaging a pass success rate of over 90%.
But the midfielder, despite getting in more positions to shoot this term, hasn’t offered a great deal to the team barring a sense of composure.
BBC Radio Leeds Commentator Adam Pope revealed this week that he couldn’t understand why he was receiving acclaim when he was still the same player as last season but arguably, a big call needs to be made on him.
That brave decision from Marcelo Bielsa is to bite the bullet and drop him, but only in certain situations.
Forshaw and Mateusz Klich operated in the same spaces, thus isolating Jack Harrison on the left and cutting out a way to goal.
Most of the play came down the right-hand side but perhaps picking someone more dynamic, especially at home, could be crucial.
But that being said, the 5 foot 9 midfielder still hasn’t scored since 2015/16 in the Championship, something that can be seen as somewhat of a concern when goals are needed from all over the pitch.
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Away from home, Forshaw’s steady nature is a valuable asset to have in the team but at home where Leeds can afford to be more attacking, someone like Pablo Hernandez or Mateusz Bogusz could start in that role instead.
Tyler Roberts returned for the U23s last week but it’s unlikely he’ll be thrown in too soon with the senior team. It might be that once he makes a full comeback he’ll take Forshaw’s place and that wouldn’t be a bad thing at Elland Road.
After all, the youngster is a forward by trade and contributed to eight goals last term in the league.
It would be a big decision for Bielsa to drop him but it would be warranted when goals are lacking like they were against Swansea.