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LUFC Forssell frustrated by lack of opportunity

Mikael Forssell is frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities since arriving at Elland Road in September.

The vastly experienced international player has made just nine substitute appearances since his arrival and he is still waiting for his first start.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Forssell said, "Every single player wants to play and show what they can do on the pitch and when it`s not happening you obviously feel frustrated but that`s football for you. The thing is to keep going and try to convince the manager to give you a chance."

Forssell returned to England after a spell in Germany with Hannover 96 having spent most of his career with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Birmingham City.

The Finland international wants to show what he can do at Leeds and is hoping he will get his chance. "I am very pleased to be back in England and playing for Leeds, it is a great club and I want to prove my point. There are still twenty games to come and hopefully I will get my chance at some stage," continued Forssell.

Forssell has come off the bench in the last three games and had good chances to get off the mark in a Leeds shirt in all three.

He was a regular from the bench in his first month at Elland Road but had not made an appearance since the game with Coventry in mid-October, until he got his chance again when he came off the bench against Burnley at the start of this year.

Forssell is thinking ahead and he is happy to be back around the first team. "I have been coming off the bench now for the last two or three games and that is an improvement compared to the last few months. It is all about thinking ahead and anything can happen and I just have to try and be as fit as I can when I do get my chance," said Forssell.

The 30 year old has being keeping fit by playing in behind closed doors friendlies for Leeds and he scored for Leeds in their 2-0 win over Newcastle earlier this week.

Leeds entertain Ipswich Town on Saturday and Forssell could get his chance with fellow strikers Luciano Becchio and Ross McCormack struggling for goals.

The pair have scored just once each in Leeds last eight games and the side have netted just four goals in their last six games and one of those was an own goal.

Becchio especially, is struggling to find the form that has endeared him to the Leeds faithful in his previous three seasons with the club.

The Argentinian looks a shadow of the player who had netted 56 goals in his first three seasons, including 20 goals last season.

His hard working displays have disappeared and he has netted just three times in twenty-three appearances so far this season.

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Date:Thursday January 19 2012
Time: 9:32PM

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