Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Forshaw Is Given a Chance to Come out of the Shadows

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Forshaw Is Given a Chance to Come out of the Shadows

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Byline: JONATHON TAYLOR jonathon.taylor@trinitymirror.com @JonathonTaylor1

I REMEMBER Adam Forshaw's first interview as a Boro player back in January 2015.

Shortly after signing from Wigan, the all-action Liverpudlian was asked about competition for places at Boro.

Grant Leadbitter, Adam Clayton and Dean Whitehead were all battling for a starting berth during the 2014/15 campaign, and Forshaw had the unenviable task of trying to break in.

"Competition for places brings the best out of everyone," Forshaw told the club's website. "I can't expect to go straight into the team and to be playing.

"The lads who are in there at the moment are doing really well. The style of play is really good. It's a strong squad and I have to try my hardest to contribute when I am needed."

Fast forward 18 months, and Forshaw's long-term place in the Boro jigsaw remains unclear. He has started only 15 league matches for Boro, while more than half of his appearances have come from the bench. Yet when the 24-year-old has been given a chance, he has caught the eye. His willingness to look forward and create , rather than play the easier sideway pass, has endeared him to the Riverside faithful.

Question marks were raised as to Forshaw's long-term future at the club when Boro parted with PS12m to sign Dutch midfielder Marten de Roon this summer. If he struggled to dislodge the Clayton/Leadbitter axis in the Championship last season, adding de Roon and the pre-season emergence of Julien de Sart would surely see his limited game-time restricted further? Alas, a small window of opportunity opened when captain Leadbitter - who started 39 Championship matches last season - was ruled out of the first chunk of the season.

The 30-year-old underwent a hernia operation over the summer, and Aitor Karanka revealed last Thursday that the Boro skipper is training alone at Rockliffe Park. …

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