Leeds looking at Weston McKennie could mean writing on the wall for Adam Forshaw
Leeds United certainly underwent a big squad overhaul over the summer months but there is still more work to be done in the next two transfer windows.
A left-back is a position that has become an area of real contention for Jesse Marsch with Pascal Struijk currently operating out of position to deputise for the injured and out-of-form Junior Firpo. A striker is another position that Marsch must consider with Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo struggling to find the back of the net of late.
The central midfield does look relatively well-stocked for Leeds United with Tyler Adams and Marc Roca the American’s go-to duo in the centre of the park. Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich are the other options in midfield along with youngster Darko Gyabi.
It’s not outrageous to suggest that if another midfielder was added to Marsch’s options then one player would potentially leave the club considering Leeds operate with two deeper-lying players.
It’s understood (Simon Phillips, Substack, 16 October) Leeds are monitoring USA midfielder Weston McKennie’s situation at Bayern Munich with a host of European clubs interested. This could well be an indication of a further overhaul set to happen at Elland Road in the coming months.
Adam Forshaw would seem like the obvious candidate to see his immediate Elland Road future come under threat. Although Leeds do have the option to extend his current deal, the 31-year-old could well see himself falling further down the pecking order should another player arrive.
McKennie is a player who is known for being physical and a box-to-box midfielder, which suits the high energy and high pressing style of Marsch. Forshaw has been a superb servant for Leeds but his ball-playing style looks far better suited to a more possession-based side.
The American international has been brandished as “superb” by commentator Maximiliano Bretos (via Twitter, 12 January) and if Leeds could land him it would be a coup by the club. He would certainly give the Whites strength in depth in midfield and with Marsch’s eagerness to sign American players, this one could happen.
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