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Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw has been like a new signing at the club following his strong form this season, according to an expert.
The 30-year-old moved to Leeds from Middlesbrough in January 2018 and has so far had a mixed career at Elland Road. Although he has played 60 appearances, he has also suffered from injuries.
Most memorably, Forshaw spent the entire last season out and could not help the Whites in their first campaign back in the Premier League. In fact, he also missed much of Leeds’ championship-winning season.
However, he has returned to the team during this period and has played eight appearances on the first team in all tournaments.
Five of them have entered the Premier League, including his impressive display out in Tottenham. Ahead of Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Brighton, former Leeds man Jermaine Beckford paid tribute to Forshaw for his return.
“He has been like a whole new player,” the expert said.
“So much energy, so much hunger. But I like that when Adam came in, it was like there was nothing to worry about, nothing was missing.
“His passing ability, his movement, he breaks up the game really well, he connects the game really well.
“Brilliant, brilliant football player.”
Forshaw played a full 90 minutes as Leeds played the stalemate out with Brighton on the south coast.
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But even though he enjoyed another solid race, the same cannot be said of Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa reinstated the English midfielder as a center-back. The 25-year-old played there against Spurs before moving into midfield, but he came all the way out during the break against Brighton.
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According to Jamie Redknapp, there is one worrying atmosphere develops between Bielsa and Phillips.
Redknapp said: “I think there is something that is not quite right. Hi [Phillips] was certainly detailed to play in defense, but I saw him slip into midfield.
‘I listened to the interview he did after the Tottenham game where he had to hold back a couple of times. He is an English midfielder, he does not want to play as a defender.
“Sometimes there is a need to do what is best for the team, but right now Leeds has other defenders who can do the job.
“He wants to do the work he does for England – it comes with frustration and to some extent also with ego.”
Leeds return to match against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.