By Pranav Shahaney

7th Nov, 2021 | 8:10pm

Marcelo Bielsa explains why Forshaw started over Klich

Marcelo Bielsa has shared an insight into why he started Adam Forshaw in midfield for Leeds United over Mateusz Klich against Leicester City on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was handed his first Premier League start of the season, having been named in the playing eleven on two occasions in the EFL Cup.

He put in a scintillating performance against the Foxes and the Argentine was asked about his selection in his post-match press conference.

Via LeedsLive, Bielsa said, “Firstly, physically all his qualities, his numbers are up there with what you need to compete in the Premier League. After Arsenal, he was missing some aggression and some opportunity to get on the ball.

“At Norwich, he had both of those things even though he played very little time, he made good runs and he was aggressive in the recovery of the ball and throughout the week in preparation for the game we saw he was ready to start.

“I insist that we have to value the personal achievement of Forshaw and I do it especially because I really didn’t think he was going to be able to do this.”

Fine performance

Forshaw put in a scintillating display and gives Bielsa a new short-term option for his midfield.

Throughout the summer, the Whites were linked with an array of midfielders but did not end up signing any.

However, Forshaw’s return to the first team comes as a welcome boost and offers the Argentine the same sort of impact as a new signing would.

The 30-year-old absolutely controlled the show on Sunday and it will be a surprise if he’s not in the lineup for the next game.

This could spell the end of Klich’s run in the first team, but it is a meritocracy and thus far, he’s not been performing well enough.

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