The ongoing transfer story of our summer involves a player that many, including myself didn’t really think we needed when he arrived last season. Once he took to the park we realised exactly why he had signed for the club and Liam Bridcutt became a firm favourite at Elland Road over the next few months.
Bridcutt is many things, but above all he is a leader on the park. I will tell you a little story of our trip to Nottingham Forest last season that I think represents my feelings on Bridcutt. We were 1-0 down and were playing awful, just before half time. The City Ground was bouncing and the team looked like they could crumble under the pressure. Forest got a corner right in front of us, I was in the second row and close to the goals. Bridcutt strolled over to the near post and spat, where am I going you ask? In that moment where he came over and manned the post I felt relaxed for the first time. Liam Bridcutt didn’t look concerned at the situation, he looked calm and in control. Confidence took over me and we came back late on and nearly won the game, finishing with a 1-1 draw.
Now that might sound daft but since that night I felt like we couldn’t do without Liam Bridcutt, or even a player like Bridcutt. Why should we get in someone “like Bridcutt” though. We’re Leeds United and we need leaders on the park every time we pull on the shirt. Bridcutt clearly wants the Leeds move, he’s waiting and Leeds clearly want Bridcutt. I’m confident that those two things will mean that Liam Bridcutt will sign for us again this window. Whether it’s before Sunday or not I don’t know, but I fully expect to see him at Elland Road in the coming weeks, and in a Leeds shirt.
Our side is still very young. Robert Green and Sol Bamba are the very senior players and a few come in the next bracket down in experience. We need that player who can calm us down when the situation requires it. Even when Bridcutt was having a bad day he still demanded the others put their all into every tackle and every run. He was fully committed which can’t be said for all of the players at the club in recent years. We have some very talented youngsters in the squad and his experience is crucial to helping them develop. I can’t help but get excited thinking of Bridcutt and Vieira alongside each other in the middle of the park. Add Toumani Diagouraga to that and I’m very confident we wont lose many battles in the middle of the park.
Lewis Cook leaving hurt us all. That aside I think this ahs been one of the best transfer windows at Leeds in a long while. Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Marcus Antonsson, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez have all arrived. Hernandez is on another level to most in the squad potentially and could be key to any success we strive for this season. With Liam Bridcutt added to that list I would say the chances of success are much higher. Hopefully the next pen icon that appears on the Leeds United twitter account is followed by pictures of Liam Bridcutt with a Leeds United shirt.