The Athletic’s Phil Hay has shared his thoughts on former Leeds ace Liam Bridcutt, who is currently on loan at Lincoln City from Nottingham Forest.
Hay went on to discuss Bridcutt’s brief spell at Leeds United, including the “painful” negotiations between the Peacocks and his parent club Sunderland.
The Scotsman was infamously touted as being “good enough for Real Madrid” by ex-Brighton & Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet but it is fair to say he hasn’t quite lived up to these expectations.
After initially arriving at Elland Road from the Black Cats on a short-term loan, Bridcutt spent two seasons with Leeds, although he failed to score a single goal in the Championship despite making 53 appearances for United.
However, the midfielder put in a string of defensive shifts for the Whites, making 3.5 tackles per game, averaging 1.4 interceptions, and attempting 1.8 dribbles on average (via WhoScored). He was even made club captain, but his career has suffered from a dramatic fall from grace ever since.
Indeed, the Chelsea academy graduate has played for a number of different clubs across many divisions up until now, and now plies his trade with the Imps in League One.
Unsurprisingly, the journalist’s tweet prompted lots of replies from Leeds United fans. One fan dubbed the 30-year-old as a “classy player” while another added he is a “poor man’s Forshaw” in reference to the current star who plays in a similar role.
Scroll through some of the best reactions so far…
Bit like a poor man's Forshaw, dependable, did a job and was missed when he wasnt in the team. The team itself has moved on quite a bit since his time though.
— Richard Hodgson (@HodgsonTheHero) May 25, 2020
He was very good at the start in a poor side, was probably our most important player, very good on the ball and a good leader but as we’ve evolved I think we just simply grew out of him, if you look at him and compare him to Phillips there worlds apart.
— Kallum hunt (@Kallumhunt88) May 25, 2020
I thought he was good for us but stopped getting picked. Classy player
— TheWolfofWoodStreet🌷 (@wakeywhite) May 25, 2020
He was one of our better players at the time, got a bad tackle and never recovered back
— David Goldstone (@DavidGoldstone1) May 25, 2020
Great player and servant for us, no need to hate on him he was brilliant and wanted to be more involved
— between 93 & 88 followers (@be87808) May 25, 2020
Thought he was good for us. Got a bad injury home to Huddersfield Town September 2016 never seen again
— Rick Hartley 🏃🚴⚽️ 💛💙 (@RickHartley64) May 25, 2020
Leeds fans, do you think Liam Bridcutt failed to reach his full potential? Let us know down below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience