AHEAD OF Adam Forshaw’s likely imminent switch from Middlesbrough to Leeds United, the YEP’s Lee Sobot looks at 12 facts you maybe did not know about the 26-year-old midfielder who was also attracting the interest of Cardiff City.
1. Thirteen years with Everton
Leeds will be signing a footballer who has played 103 games for Middlesbrough but Forshaw’s career began at Everton whom he joined as a seven-year-old in 1999. The Liverpudlian ended a 13-year association with the Toffees when signing for Brentford in 2002.
2. Europa League
Forshaw made just two appearances for Everton but the midfielder savoured a debut as an 18-year-old when starting as the Toffees suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Bate Borisov in a Europa League dead rubber in December 2009.
His only outing for Everton in the Premier League came 17 months later when brought on as a substitute in the 83rd minute of a 3-0 win at Wolves in April 2011.
3. Rejected contract at Everton
Forshaw was offered a new contract at Everton by then boss David Moyes in 2012 after the midfielder returned from a short loan spell at Brentford.
But Forshaw was behind Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill in the Toffees pecking order and knew first-team opportunities would be limited, despite being voted Everton’s reserves player of the season.
Instead, the midfielder joined Brentford permanently on a three-year deal in May 2012.
Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain.Lee Sobot
4. League One player of the year
Forshaw made 53 appearances in league and cup during his first full season for Brentford who were beaten in the League One play-off final by Yeovil.
The midfielder also scored three times, the first three goals of his career.
But an even better campaign was to follow the next year with Forshaw named the League One player of the year as the Bees finished second, ending their 21-year absence from the Championship.
Forshaw netted eight times in his second season at Griffin Park.
5. Short spell at Wigan
Forshaw ended two years at Brentford when signing for Championship club Wigan for around £2.5m in September 2014, joining the Latics on a four-year deal.
The move reunited Forshaw with former Bees boss Uwe Rosler but both saw their stays at the DW Stadium shortlived.
Rosler was sacked in November and Forshaw then joined Middlesbrough on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £2m.
6. Second play-off final defeat
After making 20 appearances for the Riversiders in the second half of 2014-15, Forshaw was an unused substitute as Boro lost 2-0 to Norwich City in that year’s Championship play-off final.
Rich compensation awaited the following year.
7. Promotion to the Premier League
Forshaw made 29 appearances in his first full season at Middlesbrough who were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up behind Burnley.
That meant a second promotion in Forshaw’s young career.
8. Thirty-five games in the Premier
Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League ended in tears as the Riversiders were swiftly relegated but Forshaw was a regular component of the Boro team, making 35 appearances.
His early-season form was particularly strong with the midfielder signing a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough in August 2016.
But Forshaw has made only 11 league appearances back in the Championship so far this campaign under former boss Garry Monk and now Tony Pulis.
9. Close to England call
Forshaw has never received a call up to the England squad but his early season form in the Premier League last term saw the midfielder touted as a possible call-up for the Three Lions.
Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain.
10. Liverpool fan
Forshaw might have spent 13 years with Everton but the midfielder supported Liverpool as a boy, holding a season ticket.
The midfielder told the Middlesbrough Gazette in October 2016: “We all still love Liverpool but my dad and older brother come and watch me a lot, so they don’t have a season ticket anymore. My younger brother (Tom) still has the season ticket and sits in the Kop where he always has.”
11. Surgery - and a broken jaw
Forshaw underwent surgery to correct a long-standing ankle problem while at Brentford in April 2014.
He also suffered a broken jaw in Brentford’s clash against Rochdale in March 2012 when he was initially on loan from the Toffees.
12. Sent off twice
Forshaw, who is five foot eight and a half, picked up the first red card of his career when shown a second yellow in Brentford’s 2-1 win at Crawley in Febraury 2013.
The midfielder also picked up two yellows in Brentford’s 1-0 loss at Swindon Town the following April.
Forshaw has been booked 24 times so far in his career.
In total, the 26-year-old midfielder has made 222 appearances, scoring 14 times.