By Saikat Mandal

7th Nov, 2021 | 8:40pm

Liam Cooper praises Leeds teammate Adam Forshaw

Liam Cooper has showered heaps of praise on Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw after the Whites managed a 1-1 draw against Leicester City in the Premier League clash on Sunday.

Raphinha put the Whites deservedly in front in the 26th minute with a brilliant free-kick, but within two minutes Harvey Barnes scored from a tight angle to restore parity.

Leeds created numerous chances throughout the game, but once again, their sloppy finishing had hurt them.

Forshaw made his first start in a league game in over two years. He was thankful to the Leeds staff for taking care of his health, but he spoke of disappointment that his side couldn’t pick up all three points.

When he asked, how he felt to return to the starting line-up after being away for so long, the midfielder responded:

“Yeah, I’m pleased. I’d just like to say a massive, massive thank you to Rob Price and his team, the strength and conditioning coaches, the manager, the way he’s managed me throughout the summer, my family, my wife [for] putting up with me and keeping me busy on days when it was tough. I’m thankful to everybody.”

Leeds skipper, Cooper, posted a brilliant message on Twitter, where he hailed his teammate as a “different class”. He wrote:

“Tough times don’t last! The mentality to get back is something we should all appreciate. Delighted for you mate. Different class today (love emoji).

Huge moment

Forshaw hasn’t played a league game for Leeds since September 2019.

He initially picked up a hip injury and required surgery. After that, he kept on picking one injury after another and was not in a position to return.

Last season, he made a comeback towards the end but soon after picked up a hamstring injury.

When fit, he can be a valuable asset to the club. He has made two starts in the league cup this season and made his first Premier League start today.

He was very good with Marcelo Bielsa keeping him on the pitch till the 85th minute. If he can stay fit till the end of the season, the midfield department will get a massive boost.

It’s key for the club to use him properly. With the international break coming on, Forshaw will have time to give his body the much-needed rest.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling isn’t so sure about the safety of Bielsa’s position at Elland Road.