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80% pass accuracy, 3 interceptions, 8 recoveries: Do Leeds United already have replacement for potential January departure?

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Leeds United midfielder Darko Gyabi could be a long-term replacement for potential outgoing midfielder, Adam Forshaw.

Forshaw, 31, is out of contract in the summer and could seek a move away from the club as early as January, according to Dean Jones (Give Me Sport).

Could summer signing, Gyabi, be the man to step into Forshaw’s shoes should he depart?

Well, Jesse Marsch was impressed with his debut against Wolves in the Carabao Cup. He said (via LUFC):

“I thought Darko really grew into the game, I think he found the game a lot, I think he was really confident on the ball, I thought he started to initiate things, he won some balls in the midfield.”

Gyabi signed for a reported £5million fee from Manchester City and has been hugely impressive for the Under-21 side this season, leading to his inclusion in the senior squad for the cup clash.

He played the full game and it’s hard to disagree with Marsch’s perception of the midfielder’s display. He completed eight recoveries and three interceptions and grew into the game as a ball-winner – stats via Wyscout.

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Physically imposing, but with the footwork which makes him press resistant, too. Gyabi also attempted three dribbles as well. His carrying and ability to keep it neat and tidy in tight spaces are what have been the most impressive parts of his game in the development squad.

The 18-year-old has the technical security to succeed already, and should be given more game time with the first-team. His 80% pass completion rate from 25 attempted passes highlights how little he looks out of place already with the Leeds team.

Not only were his passes accurate, but five of them were into the final third, with four of those attempts finding their target, too. His all round performance proved he is already far beyond Under-21 level. If Leeds cannot give him increased game time, then a January loan may be the best thing for all parties.

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