According to the BBC, Leeds United have signed Adam Forshaw for £4.5m on a 4-and-a-half year deal from Middlesbrough. The midfielder is all set to make his debut on Saturday when Thomas Christiansen’s side host Millwall. This addition has the potential to excite a lot of Leeds United fans who desperately wanted some quality players to arrive this month.
The player sounded delighted after the move and expressed his happiness at having joined this prestigious club.
“I wasn’t playing enough and as soon as I knew Leeds were interested I knew this was the club for me,” he told BBC Radio Leeds.
“I was attracted by the history and the size of the club but I can see the project and what the club is trying to do now. There’s a lot of excitement around the place and the crowds are phenomenal.
“I can feel the vibe about the place and I can’t wait to get going.”
Christiansen’s side has been struggling of late, as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Newport County in the third round earlier this month and have collected merely 1 point from their last 3 Championship fixtures.
Forshaw emerged through the youth ranks of Everton, but he couldn’t carve out his place in the senior side of the Toffees. He was sent out on loan to Brentford and the Bees eventually signed him permanently. Then he moved to Wigan Athletic and after a brief spell with the Latics, he was lured to the Riverside Stadium in the January transfer window of 2015.
The Englishman has a decent amount of experience under his belt and considering that he has been overlooked by Middlesbrough’s new manager, Tony Pulis, an exit seemed to be the right move for the player. Forshaw is unarguably a solid and much-needed addition for Leeds United, for he can really be the engine room in Christiansen’s tactical nous from the middle of the park.
With Forshaw in the ranks, the Yorkshire-based club will find themselves coated with more quality as he is indeed an intelligent player who can protect the ball meticulously and can competently act as the bridge between the defence and attack. He is one of the more industrious players around and can run tirelessly up and down the pitch throughout the 90 minutes. His work-rate has been absolutely exemplary and this is something Leeds hope will come in handy for them in their quest to carry forward their promotion bid.
The 26-year old might have struggled to make his presence felt with the Smoggies of late, for he has been handed merely 5 starts so far in the Championship with no goal or assist to his name, but he is still a valuable player in English football and just needs some regular time on the pitch and confidence from his new manager to be able to express himself freely.
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