Leeds have just announced the signing of Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough for a fee of £4.5 million which has been confirmed by the club, despite the rumours being that it was a deal worth £2.5 million. The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year-deal with the club and is in line to make his debut against Millwall on Saturday.
Forshaw, 26 has made over 100 appearances for Championship rivals Middlesbrough and comes off the back of an impressive season in the Premier League, topping many of the charts at the club for his passing, dribbling and distance covered. He started his career at Everton before moving on to Brentford, Wigan and then Boro. He said that he has turned down various loans and a deal to go to Cardiff City to come to Leeds. Forshaw becomes Leeds most expensive signing since the 01/02 season and the move from Leeds is exactly what many fans wanted. The money made on Chris Wood has been sitting and we have been asking questions, and a big chunk of it was spent today on Forshaw, taking the tally to around £8.5 million of the 15 made. I can’t argue with this deal, it shows ambition and was needed in that area of the pitch.
Forshaw isn’t a goalscorer or a creative midfielder, he is a player who can hold onto the ball and control the pace of games. We lack that in the middle of the pitch and our inability to compete on the ball at times costs us massively. Forshaw adds composure, experience and someone who isn’t afraid to get on the ball and slow the game down, or speed it up if needed. The club announced the deal in the last 30 minutes to the shock of many who believed the deal was around the £2.5 million bracket. It represents a side to Leeds we haven’t seen for some time, spending a big fee on a proven player rather than a player from abroad or loans. Forshaw said as soon as Leeds got involved there was no decision to make.