Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been quoted by Leeds Live, ahead of Saturday’s clash against Bristol City, as discussing a replacement for Adam Forshaw – and Whites supporters have reacted to his comments on Twitter.
Forshaw, 28, started the campain as first choice but has failed to play for the Whites since September with a hip problem. The injury has persisted, and has now forced th ex-Middlesbrough man to travel across the pond and go under the knife.
The Everton youth player’s time at Leeds, which has now surpassed the two year mark after joining the club in January 2018, has been tainted by injury. Indeed, he has been limited to just 52 appearances in all competitions.
Bielsa discussed Forshaw’s injury and responded when asked if Leeds should have entered the transfer window to sign a midfielder to replace Forshaw. Bielsa reckons it would have cost “a lot of money” to replace the midfielder.
“I would like to count on Forshaw,” Bielsa said. “If we bring someone else in, we have to find someone better and better means in every sense. Someone who can compete right now. A player like that would have cost a lot of money,” Bielsa said.
Leeds have coped without Forshaw, who had impressed in his eight appearances at the start of the campaign. Mateusz Klich remains first choice ahead of Kalvin Phillips, with Pablo Hernandes, Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts partnering Klich.
Leeds fans reacted to Bielsa’s comments about spending a lot of money to replace Forshaw, and many believe that owner Andrea Radrizzani simply could not afford to replace him – given Bielsa claims it would have taken a lot.
Translates as "Radz is broke."
— Barry From Beeston (@rex_arms) February 13, 2020
In other words we couldn’t afford to bring anyone in
— Indy Bansel (@IndyBansel) February 13, 2020
Basically there was no money
— Olivier Pujol (@DBauer191) February 13, 2020
Which they don’t have or won’t spend pathetic
— andrew rawnsley (@razzerrawns) February 13, 2020
Woods, Gallagher we’re both available don’t use the excuse of the money
— ben (@benIufc) February 13, 2020
Exactly money is the issue
— Paul Holliday (@phgas_services) February 13, 2020