By Craig Scott

25th Aug, 2021 | 7:42am

Adam Forshaw shines as Leeds United beat Crewe in Carabao Cup

Adam Forshaw made his first senior Leeds United appearance in 697 days last night (Tuesday) as he started against Crewe in the Carabao Cup.

The 29-year-old managed to complete 90 minutes of the 3-0 win against the League One side at Elland Road, proving to Marcelo Bielsa that he’s fit and ready to play whenever he’s called upon.

Forshaw has had a nightmare two years in which he’s dealt with numerous injury issues.

However, it finally looks as though the former Middlesbrough midfielder is capable of being a regular part of Bielsa’s squad and playing in the Premier League for the first time since he did so with Boro in 2017.

Forshaw had a good game against Crewe too.

While it was against lower-league opposition, the signs were good as he impressed fans on Twitter.

Here is what some of them had to say about Forshaw’s display:

LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross even said that Forshaw “did not look like a footballer without nearly two years of senior action under his belt” in the 3-0 win over Crewe.

Stats by WhoScored show that the midfielder completed 94 per cent of his passes – only one outfield player who started the game [Pascal Struijk, 96%] had a higher completion than him.

Forshaw also made two key passes and won two of the three tackles he attempted as Leeds progressed to the next round of the competition.

Victor Orta and Bielsa have been looking to sign a new central midfielder this summer – but do they need to with Forshaw now back to full fitness and impressing?

The Daily Express reported via their print edition [August 14, page 77] that Leeds have tabled two bids for Lewis O’Brien.

Both have reportedly been rejected by Huddersfield, who want nearer to £10million for the 22-year-old central midfielder.

It’s proven difficult for Leeds to strike an agreement to sign O’Brien – but do they even need him with Forshaw back?

He can provide cover for Kalvin Phillips in the defensive midfield spot while he can also play in a central role.

As well as him, Bielsa has Struijk and Robin Koch who can play as holding midfielders while Rodrigo, Tyler Roberts, Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton are central options.

While we could do with the extra quality, would O’Brien be much of an upgrade on Forshaw?

We’re not too convinced he would be.

Bielsa could save Andrea Radrizzani millions by putting his faith in Forshaw and binning the pursuit of O’Brien.

In other Leeds United news, a club seems to have deleted a page about one of their players who’s strongly linked with a move to Elland Road.