By Mark Smith

12th Oct, 2019 | 12:16pm

MOT view: Whites crying out for injured 28y/o who is missing link

With numerous injuries in the air, there is a sense of Deja Vu at Leeds United this season.

Adam Forshaw, Jamie Shackleton, and Pablo Hernandez all being ruled out left us wondering who would be in the heart of midfield against Millwall.

It was Stuart Dallas who plugged the gap. A move that didn’t pay off in the 2-1 defeat at The Den.

Forshaw cemented his spot in the side this season before an injury sidelined him for numerous games.

The 28-year-old has been the missing link in recent weeks, and his absence has only further reinforced his importance to our side.

Marcelo Bielsa’s fast-paced style requires his central midfielder to be dynamic. Forshaw has proven that he is the perfect player for that role in recent times, and we have certainly missed that against the likes of West Brom and Millwall.

Mateusz Klich is a threat going forward, but he is noticeably reluctant to put in the hard graft and defend. Something that Forshaw makes up for in abundance.

This season, Forshaw has averaged 1.1 tackles per game according to WhoScored, as well as 1.9 shots on goal. Stats that back up our opinion that he is the perfect box-to-box midfielder for Bielsa.

The sooner the likes of Hernandez and Forshaw are back, the quicker we can relax. We are crying out for Forshaw to return to the heart of midfield, and Saturday’s game against Birmingham could be the perfect timing.

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