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Forshaw can show why Leeds were right to avoid Woods transfer

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Forshaw can show why Leeds were right to avoid Woods transfer

Leeds United were chasing Ryan Woods in the summer.

Leeds United come face to face with former target Ryan Woods this weekend when they travel to Stoke City.

Last summer, Leeds were reportedly competing with Stoke for Woods. After Ronaldo Vieira departed, The Yorkshire Post reported that Leeds were keen on Woods, as well as Oliver Norwood and George Saville.

But Leeds decided against signing a new central midfielder, instead opting to stick with current options Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw.

Stoke won the race for Woods in the end and he has been a regular feature in their midfield. The 25-year-old has played 22 times for the Potters after his move from Brentford.

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But when Woods goes to battle with the Leeds midfield next weekend, the current Whites players will be eager to prove that Marcelo Bielsa made the right decision last summer.

 

Kalvin Phillips will miss the clash through suspension but Forshaw has been in excellent form – something he will hope to build upon.

In the battle of the holding midfielders, Forshaw will be hoping to shine and help Leeds to victory at the bet365 Stadium.

The 27-year-old has filled Phillips’ void just in front of the defence impressively since his team-mate’s red card against Nottingham Forest.

And another midfield masterclass could justify Bielsa’s decision to keep faith with his current midfielders, rather than move for Woods.

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