Tony Dorigo has written in his Yorkshire Evening Post column that Adam Forshaw could be the man to finally unlock Weston McKennie and get the best out of the on-loan Leeds United man – with McKennie yet to perform to his best.
Forshaw, 31, is back after another lengthy lay off with injury. He came off the bench in the latter stages of the 6-1 loss to Liverpool – after returning to the bench in the Palace defeat. He looks fit and has been impressing in training.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Fulham, Forshaw will be getting more energy in his legs in training and it could be that Javi Gracia throws him into the side against the Cottagers. In order to bulk up the midfield and free up McKennie.
Dorigo wrote in his column that including the more-experienced Forshaw will allow McKennie to get up and down the pitch – if he plays with Marc Roca. It might be then that the £4.5m man can get the best out of the USA ace.
“He [Gracia] brought Forshaw in to make a three in the middle because we were over-run. With a little more help it might give us a more secure look and free McKennie to play his natural game, going box to box, getting forward.”
Dorigo: Forshaw could get the best out of on-loan Leeds man McKennie
It makes sense. We argued the case after he was included on the bench against Palace, that playing Forshaw with Roca and McKennie against Liverpool would have helped stifle Liverpool’s creativity from the middle of the park.
Having an old head like Forshaw in midfield alongside the younger McKennie and Roca – who have a mere combined age of 50 – would make Leeds much more solid. McKennie is best when given freedom. Perhaps, he gets a start.