By Jonty Banks

3rd Dec, 2022 | 7:10am

Adam Forshaw facing crucial few months at Leeds United as contract talks loom

Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw must prove himself to Jesse Marsch and the directors in the second half of the season to be awarded a new contract at Elland Road, according to Leeds Live.

The 31-year-old has been plagued by injuries during his time with the Whites, missing 23 straight months of football before returning in late 2021, and more recently picking up a hernia problem this October against Aston Villa.

With Forshaw’s current contract expiring in the summer, he is playing for his future at Elland Road when the Premier League returns on Boxing Day.

Leeds have the option to automatically extend his contract by 12 months to June 2024, and the assumption is they will wait to see how the midfielder fares on his return from injury as even Marcelo Bielsa was left shocked by his last return from injury.

The report from Leeds Live said: “Twelve months on and Forshaw finds himself in a similar predicament, coming back from an injury with a contract extension on the line.

“The former Middlesbrough man’s previous Leeds deal expired in the summer and he was playing for his future through that 21/22 comeback.”

Limited opportunities

Forshaw’s issue isn’t what he delivers to Leeds United on the football pitch, but more how long his body can hold him together.

The 31-year-old has only played 50 minutes of Premier League action over three appearances this season, and he will need to impress far more in the second half of the season if he is to be awarded a new contract.

Forshaw won’t have it easy though. With Tyler Adams and Mar Roco quickly establishing themselves as the first-choice midfield partnership, the injury-plagued midfielder hasn’t been overly missed by Marsch.

Although opportunities may be scarce, Forshaw needs to ensure that he fully recovers, and takes his opportunity when given to him.

The door has been left ajar with the impending suspension of Adams, so the Englishman should be awarded a string of games in the near future.

If Forshaw stays fit, he should have the quality to prove himself to Marsch, but any lengthy periods spent on the touchline may spell the end of Forshaw’s stint at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay reveals that staff member has packed up and left the club during the World Cup.