Leeds United picked up a win in the Championship yesterday, with Paul Heckingbottom getting one over his old side Barnsley. Goals from Tom Pearce, his first for the club, and Ezgjan Alioski gave the West Yorkshire side all three points. It was only Leeds United’s third win of 2018. But once again Leeds did so largely without their January transfer window signing Adam Forshaw.
Forshaw came into the game in the 84th minute. It is now the first time he has enjoyed a win as a Leeds player.
When Leeds turned over Forshaw’s former club Brentford in a 1-0 result back in February the midfielder was with his wife, who was giving birth. He was also injured when Leeds beat Bolton Wanderers on Good Friday, with a calf problem.
In fact, until yesterday’s cameo appearance, Forshaw had a record of played nine, lost five drew four and conceded 20.
Of course, this is not a case of pinning the blame on the new boy. In general, Leeds’ entire first-team squad has performed badly since the turn of the year.
However, since his January arrival, Forshaw has been well received by Leeds fans for his performances. In a season where the likes of Eunan O’Kane, Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira have been roundly criticised the new recruit was getting off very lightly.
When you consider the fact he has not yet made a real contribution toward Leeds United winning a game, it is perhaps a shock to see him being so well received compared to the other central midfielders at Leeds.
O’Kane has had a poor season whilst Phillips just looks like being an inconsistent player. Vieira has struggled with tendonitis but, in recent games, has rediscovered his form.
Forshaw has not particularly performed any better than the other central-midfield options at Leeds, in particular, the younger pair, and he will need to improve next season if he is to have a major impact on the Leeds first-team.