By Dave Woods

19th Aug, 2019 | 5:10pm

Whelan: Forshaw has been transformed

Noel Whelan has raved about the performances from Adam Forshaw this season. 

The midfielder, who arrived from Middlesbrough for £4.5m in January 2018, has played all three games for Leeds in the Championship as he looks to cement himself as a first-team regular.

He made 30 appearances in the Championship last season but Whelan thinks he’s been transformed over the summer.

“The way Forshaw has started this season has been phenomenal, he’s been unreal,” Whelan said to Football Insider.

“He’s been totally transformed compared to last season, when he didn’t do enough, for me.

“He was calm on the ball but made mistakes at the end of last season. It’s like we now have a different player on our hands.

“His work rate has been phenomenal, he looks really fit and confident in his own ability. When he passes the ball he is moving forward as well and getting into the box. He looks a lot more dangerous as a midfielder.”

Whelan is spot on with his assessment. Forshaw never really delivered what we thought he was capable of last season and wasn’t consistent enough.

This season has been different. According to WyScout.com, he’s averaging a 90.4% pass success rate over the three Championship games to date, with almost 80% accuracy for long passes and 90.5% for passes to the final third.

He’s threatening attacking returns as well with an average of almost two shots per game and almost three touches in the box. The only thing he hasn’t really delivered this season is a goal and we don’t think it’s going to be long before he gets his first of the season.