Ever since Marcelo Bielsa arrived at Leeds United, there has been a clear focus on getting professionals who train as well as they play. This has seen numerous players come and go, unable to fit the style and the demands of playing for Leeds. However, one player who has perhaps made as big an impression off the park as he has on it would be Adam Forshaw. The midfielder has been a part of the Leeds side for a few years now, but has endured injury hell as most of the last two seasons have passed him by due to injury.
This has meant that Leeds have missed out on an experienced, professional presence in midfield on match day. However, according to both those who see him each day and those with Leeds connections, Forshaw is a tremendous training ground presence. Often, when a senior player is out injured, they can become problematic as they find it hard to adjust to not playing.
Forshaw, though, has been widely praised for offering a much more professional approach to his day-to-day attitude. Instead of sulking about being injured, Leeds have seen the 30-year-old retain focus to get back to his best level. Given how important he has been when fit, too, Leeds fans will be happy to hear that one of the more veteran members of the team is by no means a bad apple due to his injury issues.
A major hip injury has seen Leeds miss out from using Forshaw, though he enjoyed an impressive performance in the draw with Leicester City as he made his first league start for a long time.
With the player returning to form and fitness, then, Leeds could have both an on-field and off-field presence to build around.
Injury stress for young Leeds star
The name Joe Gelhardt is one that inspires much excitement in the heart of Leeds fans. A young powerhouse with excellent technical abilities, Gelhardt has made the most of the few opportunities he has had in the first-team. It was his impressive run that brough the late equalising penalty in the draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Capable of providing a spark off the bench, most Leeds fans had Gelhardt as one of their most desired subs.
However, the player looks set for a frustrating spell on the sidelines. He left the England U20 squad due to an injury, and it is likely to mean that he misses out on at least the upcoming league fixture. The young forward had impressed against Wolves, but missed out on the Leicester game and has now pulled out from the England youth squad.
That should be enough to worry fans, as the injury is clearly more serious than was first hoped for. While there is still hope of a quick recovery for the 19-year-old, it might be some time until we see him in a Leeds kit again. Hopefully, like Forshaw, he can retain the focus and the professionalism expected of players in or out of the side.