Leeds United have entered the race to sign Middlesbrough star Adam Forshaw, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Leeds quietly hopeful of doing this one. Cardiff in a position to offer more but Forshaw keen to come to Leeds.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 17, 2018
Adam Forshaw, whose contract doesn’t run out at the Riverside until 2020, is said to be valued at £2.5m, with both Cardiff City and Leeds United willing to meet their valuation.
United, who recently lost Samuel Saiz and Eunan O’Kane to suspension are suddenly light on midfield options with Ronaldo Vieira yet to return from injury, Mateusz Klich reportedly ready to leave the club and Kalvin Phillips just one yellow card away from a suspension himself.
Leeds fell out of the play-off places after to defeat to Ipswich Town last weekend, and fans have been questioning the club’s lack of activity in the transfer window, with the season starting to take a similar turn to last campaign when Garry Monk’s men narrowly missed out on the top six.
I can see yours and all fans are getting impatient but I am responsible since last June and working hard to make our dream come true 🙏🙏🙏💛💙 @LUFC management will be transparent and clear on market transfer strategy in Q&A session in Feb. all focus on millwall now #mot https://t.co/LbAMUybd12— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) January 16, 2018
With suspensions and injuries piling up, the reported interest in Forshaw is an indication that the club is willing to change it’s strategy to one – get more players in and two – show fans that they aren’t going to rest on their laurels.
The question left to answer is “what will Forshaw bring to the team?”. The 26-year-old is certainly not a flair player or one who is going to make things tick going forward, but he would certainly add some much needed steel in front of the defence.
Without Vieira in the side, Leeds struggle with the so called ugly aspects of the game when they are under the cosh and need to take hold of a game. Forshaw would also certainly operate well as a midfield general and possesses much needed captain-like qualities – which is clearly missing from the current midfield.
You only have to go back to 2016 when Forshaw was being touted for an England call-up after a string of impressive displays for Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Current manager, Gareth Southgate, kept a close eye on the midfielder but a call-up never materialised.
If the midfielder can recapture that type of form then the £2.5m Leeds are prepared to pay could well be good business. It may even go a long way to make people forget that the club recently signed Japanese international, Yosuke Ideguchi, and loaned him straight to Cultural Leonesa.
Leeds have 14 days left to sign players before the window shuts. A midfield addition certainly won’t help solve issues upfront, but it would be at least a start to show that the club is able to identify a problem in the team and fix it.