Adam Forshaw has told Leeds Live that he is still “confident” that Leeds United can remain in the Premier League this season under Sam Allardyce – and feels the remaining three games are “winnable” ahead of Newcastle United.
Forshaw, 31, is fit again after another season blighted by injury. But the midfielder has featured in four of Leeds’ last five Premier League games, coming off the bench in three and then being thrown in the starting line-up on Saturday.
Big Sam chose to play with three midfielders against the Premier League champions in order to stifle City, and while it was always going to be a City win – Leeds came out of the game with their heads held high, only losing 2-1.
With Newcastle at Elland Road on Saturday, and then West Ham and Tottenham in waiting – Leeds have got to pick up at least four points to stand any chance of survival come the end of the season. But Forshaw says he’s confident.
“People probably are thinking we may go down, but I genuinely do think we’ll still get out of it. The games are well winnable. We showed at times at the weekend we’ve got discipline, we’ve got structure already and I’m confident.”
Forshaw confident that Leeds can remain in the Premier League
While it is nice to hear that Forshaw has the belief of garnering the necessary points from the next three matches, it does seem incredibly difficult to think that Leeds will remain in the top tier. Newcastle are flying at the moment.
Their place in the top four is almost certain, though they will want to finish on a high and above Manchester United in third. West Ham will have their second leg against AZ Alkmaar a few days before welcoming Leeds next week.
Liam Cooper should be back by then, but it is still a very difficult game to contend with. Anything can happen on the final day of the season at home to Spurs. But to think Leeds need four at least, probably five or six, it is very tough.