You can genuinely tell when a footballer is hurt by results and performances and last night you could hear in the voice of Adam Forshaw that he was feeling this. You don’t from some others and some words are just hot air, but the honesty and passion in the Forshaw interview was refreshing. He has said that all of the players need to take a look at themselves because they are playing for Leeds United.
It does feel like some of these players see this as a move based on money and career rather than one that fills them with pride. Adam Forshaw is probably the shining light at the moment, he cares and some of the others need to look at him and decide whether they want to be with him or leave this club, because some of them are pathetic in terms of application, passion and desire to be a Leeds United player. Happy to take the wages but not turning up on matchday and putting 100% in, unacceptable and something that has been growing in some of these players for the last couple of months. Forshaw then went on to say that Paul Heckingbottom has been great and he’s doing his work but the players are the ones letting everyone down, it’s not the fault of the head-coach.
Forshaw had a successful spell in the Premier League personally despite Boro going down last season and he knows what is needed to get out of this division. He understands the league and English football and it’s clear he thinks that some of the other players he to give their heads a shake. He can’t publically say that but he did in a round about way and it’s good to hear. Eunan O’Kane apologised after the Boro defeat on Friday but nobody was interested because quite simply he isn’t putting the effort in on the pitch, a passenger in recent times and words are words, actions are actions and you can see in the performances of Adam Forshaw that he is putting in 100%. Take a look at the midfielders last night and Samu Saiz, Kalvin Phillips and Hadi Sacko, along with Lasogga were all half arsed, some more than others, not good enough.