Leeds United are reportedly considering a surprise move to bring Steven Gerrard to the club as the search for a new manager continues – a boss that Adam Forshaw said he was ‘obsessed’ with during his childhood, as a Liverpool fan.
Gerrard, 42, is one of three names being linked with Leeds. The Mail say Gerrard and Nuno Espirito Santo are the front runners, after a number of rejections over the course of the past week. TNT say Tata Martino is approached by Leeds.
The Anfield legend enjoyed a wonderful playing career, even if he did not win the Premier League. His managerial stint got off to a superb start too, taking a poor Rangers side above Celtic. He won the Premiership unbeaten in 2020-21.
It saw him earn a move to Aston Villa but after a good start, a poor run of form saw Gerrard sacked. So, the managerial talent is there – but it is not the finished article. Forshaw is a huge fan, though, saying he was “obsessed” by Gerrard.
“I was also at the team hotel before the 2001 FA Cup final against. I was nine and obsessed with that team, Michael Owen, Sami Hyypia, you, Stevie [Gerrard] and Jamie Carragher,” Forshaw told The Mail, saying he was a big Reds fan.
Leeds considering Gerrard: Forshaw obsessed with him during childhood
Is Gerrard the right man? Definitely not. But, given the amount of rejection Leeds have faced in recent days, and the lack of options on the market – Gerrard might be the best of a bad situation. He might be ideal in a relegation fight.
His high demands, the work rate he expects from his players, the fact he is a massive name, will surely get the best out of a Leeds squad filled with talent – but not fulfilling their potential. Alfred Schreuder would have been worse than him.