By Saikat Mandal

25th Nov, 2021 | 2:30pm

Jermaine Beckford drools over Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw

Jermaine Beckford has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw after he made a brilliant comeback from a long injury layoff.

The 30-year-old started in his first league game against Leicester City in almost two years before the international break this month. He was superb on that day.  

Forshaw followed it up with another brilliant performance against Tottenham Hotspur last week as Leeds lost 2-1.

Beckford is “over the moon” to see the midfielder shining again, and it has caught him by surprise, considering his injury struggles.

“I was absolutely over the moon with Adam Forshaw,” said Beckford while speaking to the Leeds United podcast.

“When I saw Kalvin in a back three, part of me was concerned because of what we saw last season.

“This time when he was in there we had somebody to fill that void and do just as good a job as Kalvin. I was pleasantly surprised.”

Need for a midfielder

The Whites should still look to sign a midfielder this January.

In Marcelo Bielsa’s system, this is one problem that has hurt them badly for a long time.

Phillips is arguably one of the best defensive / holding midfielders in the country, and Bielsa does not have any like-for-like replacement for him.

The likes of Pascal Struijk and Diego Llorente can play there but it limits their potential.

Forshaw, when fit, can fill that role. In fact, he can comfortably play alongside Phillips and operate as a conventional central midfielder.

After his performance against Leicester, Simon Grayson, the former Leeds manager hailed him as “fantastic”.

Although he has performed admirably well, it will be too much of a risk to entirely rely on him for the rest of the campaign.

The former Boro midfielder has a contract at the club till the end of the season. It remains to be seen whether he will be handed an extension if keeps on delivering.

Leeds are struggling badly in the Premier League, but the return of key players from injury could see them turn the tide in the following weeks.

In other Leeds United news, the club are tracking a contract rebel who they are keen on signing in January