Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw has admitted to the club’s website that he contracted illness prior to Sunday’s win over Wigan.
The 27-year-old lasted the entire 90 minutes with Marcelo Bielsa bringing on only one substitute. Jamie Shackleton replaced Mateusz Klich, but Samu Saiz was an unused substitute.
Former Middlesbrough star Forshaw has struggled to get going at Elland Road since his January move. But after earning his place back in the side, he seems determined to keep it.
That is the case after telling Leeds’ website that he was not about to give up his sport just because of illness. He said: “I was sick the day before the game, and I didn’t train.
“I met up with the team late on, but I’ve waited that long to get back in the team, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity.”
The Bielsa effect
Marcelo Bielsa has got his team working hard, not only for the badge, but for each other. A video of the players working hard to close down Wigan’s Josh Windass has gone viral.
It embodies the kind of hard-working spirit Bielsa wants to install at Elland Road – and so does Forshaw’s attitude. Starting and finishing a match the day after being sick is testament to Bielsa.
The Argentine manager has forced players to train every day, with triple sessions taking place in pre-season. That willingness to do well has rubbed off on the side, and certainly Forshaw.