By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

4th Jan, 2023 | 11:10am

Adam Forshaw could be axed as Leeds United v West Ham XI predicted by BBC Sport pundit

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson is impressed by Adam Forshaw’s form but admits the Leeds United midfielder could be dropped for the clash with West Ham on Wednesday night.

The Hammers travel to Elland Road on 4 January with manager David Moyes under increasing pressure to turn the tide in East London.

After losing 2-0 to Brentford on 30 December, West Ham find themselves on a five-match losing run and are only outside of the Premier League’s relegation zone thanks to their goal difference.

Robinson cannot see what changes Jesse Marsch would be willing to make against West Ham after being impressed by Leeds’ performance last time out against Newcastle.

However, he does admit if one player was to drop out, it would be 31-year-old Forshaw, who could be replaced by Marc Roca as he may not be able to cope with playing two matches in a short space of time.

“Adam Forshaw has been brilliant, in all honesty,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

I wouldn’t see a reason to change that team and I don’t know how Jesse Marsch can change it.

Looking at the bench, the unused subs were Junior Firpo, Diego Llorente, Sam Greenwood and the only injuries were Luis Sinisterra and Patrick Bamford.

Sinisterra’s not going to be fit and he’s the only one I’d bring in.

Willy Gnonto’s done okay but Marsch has got a pretty threadbare squad at his disposal at the moment.

Joe Gelhardt came on for Rodrigo so there’s nothing I’d change in that starting line-up unless Forshaw’s struggled with the two games in a short space of time.

That’d be the only reason for Marc Roca to come back in if Adam can’t do the two games in quick succession.”

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have already made an approach to sign a player who could be the next arrival at Elland Road after Max Wober.