Jim Beglin: Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw needs to add forward passes to his game
Leeds United left it late to secure a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Elland Road on Tuesday night (30 November), and Adam Forshaw caught the eyes.
The midfielder was everywhere, pulling the strings for the Whites, but Jim Beglin was not pleased with his lack of pin-point passes forward, insisting on Premier League productions his side would be better off if he added that to his game.
Forshaw recently returned to action having spent almost two years out injured, and it is impressive to see him starting to reestablish himself in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team.
“Forshaw can pass it sideways and backwards, but he needs that effective forward pass,” the BT Sport pundit said.
“Add a little of that to his game, Leeds will be much better off.”
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Forshaw has played nine games across all competitions this term, and it is safe to say he is still not at 100 per cent yet after all those months away.
He could not inspire Leeds going forward against Palace, but he certainly put in a top defensive shift in the middle of the park.
He dealt well with Conor Gallagher’s threat and would have definitely impressed Bielsa again.
Forshaw needs to add that attacking threat to his game, and you can guarantee that will come as the campaign goes on.
Not many would have predicted that he would be playing a vital role for Leeds at this time of the season, and he deserves more credit for managing to turn his Elland Road career around.
Forshaw has just a few months left on his current deal at the Yorkshire side, but if he keeps performing at this rate, chances are he would get a new deal.
Leeds face Brentford, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool in their next five games, and if the former Everton man steps up the attacking side of his game, he could help them pick up some much-needed points.
In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.