Adam Forshaw

Adam Forshaw

Forshaw preparing to take a free kick for Brentford in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Adam John Forshaw[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-08) 8 October 1991
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 34
Youth career
2000–2010 Everton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Everton 1 (0)
2012Brentford (loan) 7 (0)
2012–2014 Brentford 82 (11)
2014–2015 Wigan Athletic 16 (1)
2015– Middlesbrough 52 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 28 August 2016 (UTC).

Adam John Forshaw (born 8 October 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Middlesbrough as a midfielder. He began his career in the academy at Premier League side Everton and came to prominence at Brentford, winning the 2014 League One Player of the Year award.

Club career


Forshaw joined Everton aged seven.[2] In the summer of 2008 he was offered a place as a first-year scholar and soon claimed a regular place in the Everton U18 squad. Forshaw made his reserve team debut on 29 March 2009, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–0 win over Wigan Athletic.[3] First team manager David Moyes gave Forshaw his competitive debut in a Europa League tie against BATE Borisov on 17 December 2009.[4] Forshaw was an unused substitute on two other occasions during the 2009/10 season[5] and was the leading appearance-maker for the reserves, accruing 17 Premier Reserve League North outings and scoring once against Manchester City.[6] He made his Premier League debut as an 82nd-minute substitute in a 3–0 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 9 April 2011[7] and was an unused substitute for a further three league games towards the end of the 2010/11 season.[8][9] He also made 14 Premier Reserve League North appearances and scored two goals.[8] Forshaw signed a one-year contract extension in June 2011.[10] In the 2011/12 season, Forshaw was an unused substitute on two occasions for the first team and won the Reserve Player Of The Year award, having scored twice in 13 appearances.[11] He was released at the end of the season after his contract expired, having made only two appearances for the Toffees.[12] Forshaw made 29 appearances for the U18s, scoring four goals and he made 44 outings for the reserves, scoring three goals.[13]

Brentford (loan and permanent transfer)


On 24 February 2012, Forshaw joined League One side Brentford on a one-month youth loan, joining fellow Everton loanee Jake Bidwell at Griffin Park.[14] He made his debut the following day as a 69th-minute substitute for Sam Saunders in a 0–0 draw with Scunthorpe United. He made seven appearances[15] and returned to Everton after sustaining a broken jaw in a 2–0 victory over Rochdale on 24 March.[16]

Forshaw joined Brentford permanently on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee in May 2012.[17] He scored the first professional goal of his career in a 1–0 victory over Oldham Athletic on 22 September 2012.[18] Forshaw's performance in a 2–1 victory over Notts County on 15 December garnered him a place in the League One Team of the Week.[19] Forshaw received the first red card of his career after picking up a second yellow card in a 2–1 league victory over Crawley Town on 26 February 2013.[20] After Brentford missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship following a 1–0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers,[21] it was Forshaw who scored the winning penalty in the playoff semi-final shoot-out against Swindon Town to send the Bees to the final.[22] Forshaw played in the final against Yeovil Town at Wembley Stadium, a 2–1 defeat consigning Brentford to another season in League One. He made 53 appearances in all competitions during the 2012/13 season and scored three goals.[23]


Forshaw was rewarded with a new three-year contract on 27 June 2013, despite having a year of his existing contract left to run.[24] Forshaw scored his first goal of the 2013/14 season in a 3–1 victory over Sheffield United on 10 August.[25] With the absence of regular penalty taker Kevin O'Connor through injury, Forshaw assumed the role and scored his third penalty of the season (his fifth goal overall) in a 3–0 away league victory over Preston North End on 21 December.[26] Forshaw's run of 24 consecutive league starts ended when he was left out of the squad for a 2–0 win over Port Vale at Griffin Park on 11 January 2014 and his absence drew speculation about his future.[27] Manager Mark Warburton later stated that Forshaw was suffering with a calf problem and Forshaw himself said "my aim is to get promoted with Brentford. I’m really enjoying it here. I feel I’m gaining a lot of experience playing regularly. Last year was a massive learning curve for me".[27] On 12 March, it was revealed that Forshaw had made it onto the three-man shortlist for the 2014 League One Player of the Year award.[28] He won the award on 16 March, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers' Kevin McDonald and Swindon Town's Alex Pritchard. Forshaw was sent off for the second time of his career in a 1–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 12 April.[29] Owing to being suspended, Forshaw was absent for Brentford's automatic promotion-clinching 1–0 victory over Preston North End on 18 April[30] and his final appearance of the season came in a 2–2 draw with Milton Keynes Dons on 21 April.[31] The following day, Forshaw underwent surgery to correct a long-standing ankle problem.[32] Looking back on Brentford's promotion, Forshaw said he was "over the moon, we were so close last year and to do it this year in style was a real credit. It was nice to not take it to the wire. To get it done was special".[33] He made 40 appearances during the 2013/14 season and scored eight goals.[34] Forshaw was named in the 2013/14 League One Team of the Year[35] and won Shoot magazine's League One Player of the Year award.[36]

After missing Brentford's first 2014/15 pre-season friendly, manager Mark Warburton stated that Forshaw would be available for the final pre-season games.[37] In early August, Forshaw was told to stay away from the club's training ground after two "totally unacceptable" bids for the player were received from Championship rivals Wigan Athletic, managed by former Bees manager Uwe Rösler.[38] Forshaw was left out of Brentford's first game of the 2014/15 season against Charlton Athletic[39] and picked up a hamstring injury, which sidelined him for the opening four games of the season. To regain fitness, Forshaw made his first ever appearance for the Brentford Development Squad in a 4–2 Professional U21 Development League 2 South defeat to Crewe Alexandra on 28 August, playing an hour before being substituted for Jermaine Udumaga.[40] On 25 August, it was announced that Wigan Athletic had met Brentford's valuation of Forshaw and he was free to talk with the Latics.[41] Forshaw departed the Bees on 1 September and made 100 appearances and scored 11 goals during his two spells with the club.[12][42]

Wigan Athletic

Forshaw joined Championship side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee on 1 September 2014.[42] The fee was reported to be in the region of £2-4 million. On the 1st of November 2014, Forshaw scored his first goal for Wigan against Fulham from the penalty spot in a 3-3 draw at the DW Stadium.


On 28 January 2015, Forshaw signed for Championship rivals Middlesbrough on a 3½ year deal. The fee is believed to be in the region of £2 million plus add-ons.[43] On 31 January 2015, Forshaw made his debut against his former club, Brentford as a substitute in a 1-0 win.[44] Forshaw scored his first goal for the Teesside club in a 3-1 Friendly win over Leyton Orient F.C..[45]

Career statistics

As of match played 28 August 2016.[46]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Everton 2009–10[5] Premier League 0000001[lower-alpha 1]010
2010–11[9] Premier League 10000010
Total 1000001020
Brentford (loan) 2011–12[15] League One 7000000070
Brentford 2012–13[23] League One 43360103[lower-alpha 2]0533
2013–14[23] League One 398100000408
Total 891170103010011
Wigan Athletic 2014–15 Championship 1611000171
Total 1611000171
Middlesbrough 2014–15 Championship 18000002[lower-alpha 3]0200
2015–16 Championship 2921040342
2016-17 Premier League 30001040
Total 512105020582
Career total 152149060105017314






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