By Adefunmiloye Alani

25th Aug, 2021 | 3:10pm

Ross Barkley reacts as Adam Forshaw returns to Leeds action

Adam Forshaw returned to competitive action for Leeds United in the second round of the League Cup against Crewe at Elland Road last night.

The 29-year-old English midfielder had been out for 697 days, and the fans were glad to finally see him back in the starting XI after his lengthy injury layoffs and setbacks.

Forshaw played for 61 minutes before coming off for Mateusz Klich, and he took to his personal Instagram account afterwards to reflect on his Elland Road return.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley was glad to see his former Everton academy teammate back on the pitch, commenting thus on the post.


Forshaw made his first appearance for the Whites in two years during a friendly 3-2 victory over National League North outfit Guiseley last month, and he is now firmly back in the squad.

A serious hip injury that required surgery saw him miss a large chunk of Leeds’ promotion campaign and their first season back in the Premier League, and having him back comes as a huge boost for head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine wants to strengthen his midfield, and while he is not at his best yet, Forshaw could become the answer to the team’s lack of quality depth in the middle of the park.

The League Cup clash was the best way to introduce him back to the action, and he will be more than eager to prove his quality all over again.

Back in November 2016, the former Middlesbrough star was assessed for a surprise England call-up by Gareth Southgate [Telegraph].

He is far from that level right now, but he could soon be back at his best in the coming months and challenging for a spot in Leeds starting XI.

In other Leeds news, BBC pundit blasts Whites ace after incident in 2-2 draw v Everton.