Orta says he expects Forshaw to be performing for Leeds this season
Leeds United chief Victor Orta has been commenting on Adam Forshaw and his return to fitness.
What’s the story?
In an exclusive interview with Yorkshire Evening Post, the Spaniard praised the ace’s return.
The midfielder has endured injury hell over the last two seasons. A hip issue has kept the player out for almost two years, with his last appearance coming against Charlton back in 2019.
However, he made his return to senior action during the Carabao Cup tie versus Crewe. Forshaw played an hour against the League One outfit, before being subbed off for Mateusz Klich.
Speaking about the 29-year-old in his post-match interview, Marcelo Bielsa backed the player to be a big part of Leeds’ season.
When talking about Forshaw, Orta said: “For me one of the expectations we had in the summer was the fitness and the performing of Adam Forshaw. After three months it’s really clear – he’s fit in this moment, he had really good minutes against Crewe, he is growing.”
Forshaw return a boost to Bielsa and Leeds
If there is no Kalvin Phillips, Leeds tend to struggle.
That was the motto for much of last season, showing the Whites’ over-reliance on the 25-year-old.
The return of Forshaw is a massive boost for Bielsa and Leeds.
Prior to his hip injury, the former Middlesbrough man was an all-battling defensive midfielder. He was a wall in front of the Leeds defence, with 3.1 and 2.2 tackles per game in each of his first two seasons.
With a long and arduous season ahead, Leeds could use the extra midfield option.
Without Forshaw, the club have just three central options and, throughout a 38-game campaign, that is not enough.
His return is a massive boost to all, not least himself as Forshaw looks to make up for lost time.