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One winner and one loser at Leeds United if they give player’s senior exit the green-light

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Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw might be allowed to leave the club in January, according to reports.

With January approaching after the World Cup break, Leeds have plenty of business to attend to in order for Jesse Marsch to have the squad he needs to take the club forward.

Departures aren’t going to be something given a great deal of thought with Leeds needing to add numbers rather than part ways with more.

However, Football Insider have reported that Adam Forshaw is a player that Leeds may be willing to listen to offers for heading into the January window.

Here, we look at one winner and one loser at Leeds if they did sanction Forshaw’s departure after five years at the club…

Winner: Darko Gyabi

A shift in the pecking order would occur if Leeds did allow Forshaw to leave the club in January.

That change would see Darko Gyabi edge closer to becoming a senior player, having been named on the bench in recent weeks.

The former Man City youngster looks far too good for the level of PL2 football he is playing right now and it’s only a matter of time before he is getting chances in the first-team.

Forshaw leaving would open that door for Gyabi to take his place as one of the backups to Tyler Adams and Marc Roca.

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Loser: Sam Greenwood

The same argument for Gyabi could be made for Sam Greenwood as he would be also more likely to play frequently if Forshaw left, but there is an element of mentorship that the young midfielder will miss too.

Having Forshaw to learn from in midfield will be helping Greenwood develop so much in a position that is actually quite new to him right now.

Losing that sort of role model figure for Greenwood might hinder his development into a more mature midfielder.

He will be able to play more often, but having guidance behind-the-scenes is just as important for players like him.

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