Javi Gracia has responded in Monday’s press conference – as per the club’s YouTube – when asked if Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is fit enough to start a Premier League match, amid criticism for the current midfielders.
Marc Roca and Weston McKennie were poor in the middle of the park once again. McKennie gave the ball away on a number of occasions – as he did for Liverpool’s second a week ago. Roca let his man go as Fulham scored a second.
Simply, Leeds miss Tyler Adams. The USA star’s defensive intelligence and ability to screen the back four has given the defence less protection and perhaps, that is the main reason why Leeds are conceding many more goals of late.
Leeds boss Gracia, who is now under enormous pressure going into Tuesday night’s clash against Leicester City, was asked if Forshaw could come in. Forshaw has come on as a substitute in our last two matches, after an injury.
“He played last game. He’s available. He is a player is coming from a long-term injury. For sure, he needs time. In this moment, we don’t have time. We have to get the best out of our players in the condition they are,” Gracia said.
Javi Gracia responds when asked if Adam Forshaw is fit to start for Leeds
Should Leeds throw Forshaw in? Leeds need to win and at the very least, avoid defeat on Tuesday night at home to Leicester but clearly, the issue is conceding goals and packing the midfield out might be crucial in helping do that.
But Gracia has got decisions to make elsewhere. Max Wober is wasted out on the left and on debut away at Cardiff, he was excellent in holding midfield. Perhaps the Austrian is the better option right now to play in the middle.
It will be interesting to see if Gracia makes changes in goal – or in attack, where Joe Cole suggested starting both Willy Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra. Numerous decisions have to be made ahead of the clash against Leicester.