Forshaw, had enjoyed a taste of regular football during loan spell at Brentford last season and, having judged that his first-team opportunities would be limited, embraced a new challenge.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: “I had to play eventually — I was turning 20 and I had to think realistically,” he says. “It was more leaving home that was difficult.
I was still living with my parents. I lived two minutes away from the training ground. It was all I knew but I had to start playing first team football and growing up properly. I’ve had to learn to look after myself, even with just the simple things, because I’ve had everything done for me up to now.
“Moving from a Premier League club didn’t bother me. I don’t care who has got a better gym – I just want to play football. I want that sort of responsibility. I’m made up that I made the choice. I love it here.” Uwe Rosler, the Brentford manager, regards Forshaw’s mentality as a refreshing rarity in modern football.
“A lot of the players I speak to would prefer to sit somewhere, not playing, picking up good money instead of coming here and playing every three days, often on Tuesday evenings in the cold.
“But that is how you improve. It was a fantastic choice for him and very good from us that we got him. To turn down a contract at Everton, I think that sort of professionalism, ambition, realistic understanding of where I am in my career, is not something you come across very often.”