By Mark Smith

12th Nov, 2021 | 7:40am

Phil Hay: Leeds still need midfield reinforcements regardless of Adam Forshaw

Phil Hay has insisted that Leeds United still need to sign a new midfielder, regardless of the return of Adam Forshaw.

The forgotten man finally made his first start in over two years for the club in the 1-1 draw against Leicester, impressing heavily.

Hay admitted that changes nothing though, but believes that he will make an immediate difference in the Premier League.

Writing in the comments section of his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared that this changes nearly nothing.

“Like I said at the end of the piece, there’s no point pretending it wasn’t necessary,” he said.

“And it needs addressed in the transfer windows that are coming. But Forshaw at full tilt will make a difference.”

Open the chequebook.

If Andrea Radrizzani is as committed to all of these premises as he says he is, money may need to be spent in January.

Leeds may have turned a slight corner in terms of their form, but there still isn’t much breathing space to the relegation zone.

There may be concerns about how long it will take to get up to speed with Marcelo Bielsa and his style, but an impact player is needed in midfield.

Forshaw proved just how much of an impact fresh legs can have in the middle of the park, and another option such as Lewis O’Brien could be very smart business.

It has been reported this week that he could be available for cheap as Huddersfield owner Phil Hodgkinson hits financial trouble, and we simply have to take advantage.

Ask anyone at Elland Road and the one thing they will want is a new midfield, go and get it done in January.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards