Exclusive: Nigel Martyn comments on Adam Forshaw's future at Leeds United
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Exclusive: Nigel Martyn comments on Adam Forshaw's future at Leeds United

It has been the best part of 18 months since Adam Forshaw last played for Leeds United. The midfielder continues to struggle with a long-term injury – but Nigel Martyn has told The Boot Room that he can still make an impact Elland Road, this season.

Forshaw, 29, last played against Charlton Athletic during the early stages of the 2019-20 season – having made a positive impact early on in that season. But the hip injury that forced him off in that game, has since kept him sidelined at Elland Road.

Now surpassing three years since he joined Leeds for £4.5million (BBC) from Middlesbrough in January 2018, Forshaw has only managed to play 52 times in all competitions for the Whites. But Marcelo Bielsa has given a positive update on the midfielder.

“The problem with Forshaw is a little longer [than Berardi]. He hasn’t played for over a year now and the medical decisions taken recently make us think he will play again in the not-too-distant future.”

Bielsa continued, as per Leeds Live: “Forshaw is a professional who looks after his health very much. That’s why I think as soon as these injury problems are resolved I think he will be able to compete very quickly.”

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Leeds icon Martyn commented on Forshaw and his potential return in the next couple of months. He feels that with Leeds failing to sign anyone in January, it gives Forshaw the chance to break into the Leeds side before the end of the season.

“It is a long time out,” Martyn said. “There’s enough players in his position at the moment. It is whether he can force his way back in in the U23’s or in training. If he gets an opportunity, he has to take it. You can’t ever close the door on someone like that.

“It is down to him to show he is worth keeping. The manager will have a view on him already – but there is an opportunity between now and the end of the season. If Adam is keen on staying, he has to prove he should be in that team.”

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TBR’s view – Forshaw could become like a new Leeds signing

It must be remember that upon promotion, only four players in the Leeds squad had played in the Premier League – Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford, Helder Costa and of course, Forshaw. He impressed for Boro, even being touted with England.

The Whites failed to sign Rodrigo De Paul and Michael Cuisance in the summer, and clearly an attacking midfielder is something that Leeds want. But if Forshaw can return to fitness and play like he used to, he can be like a new Leeds signing.

It is completely up to the player, but as Martyn says – there is an opportunity to break into the team.

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