Marcelo Bielsa wanted to bring Adam Forshaw into his Leeds United side to face Middlesbrough on Saturday before the midfielder got injured, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
They report that Bielsa was planning to drop Kalvin Phillips out of his side and bring Forshaw back into the fold to face his former club.
Those plans were reportedly only shelved by an injury – one that Bielsa says Forshaw may recover from in time to face Swansea on Wednesday night at Elland Road.
Although the Yorkshire Evening Post also report that Phillips feels he was at fault for Lewis Wing’s opening goal, he also netted a late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw.
And that means that Bielsa – who has got nearly everything else spot on at Elland Road this season – narrowly missed an error of judgement in a crucial game.
He also should not be tempted to bring Forshaw back into that defensive midfield position if he is passed fit to face the Swans on Wednesday night.
Phillips has enjoyed a better season than Forshaw and will be absolutely buzzing off the back of that late goal which saved a point for his side and atoned for that earlier perceived mistake.
The local lad offers more energy and quality than Forshaw does at present and it’s tough to see why Bielsa was considering dropping him.