Liam Bridcutt has joined Nottingham Forest for a fee of around £1 million on a three-year-deal. In an interview with Forest he said he wants to be back playing football, and that’s the most valid reason anyone could have for leaving. Bridcutt is in line to make his debut this Saturday, against Leeds.
Of the five central midfielders I wouldn’t say Bridcutt was the weakest but I would say we have one to many. One had to go, it was always the case and although I’m not surprised Bridcutt has decided to go it surprised me that he wasn’t really given a chance. If Ronaldo Vieira was in the side, or even new signing Matty Klich then I would understand why Bridcutt hadn’t had a look-in but Phillips starting all four league games has surprised me, but Thomas Christiansen hasn’t even seen his side go behind let alone lose so it’s hard to have an argument on that one. I still think he needs to raise his game and play like he did at Sunderland every week rather than once every few games. Bridcutt won’t have liked sitting in the stands or at home (Bolton game) watching the side play, especially given where he is in his career.
Bridcutt was the natural leader in the side. He was made captain shortly after he joined on a permanent deal from Sunderland, Garry Monk delighted to get him over the line. He was poor last season, even the biggest Bridcutt fan would have to admit that and I think it all started with a mistake from the club. He broke a bone in his foot, but was cleared to train for almost two weeks before they actually realised what the problem was. He was almost put in the squad by Monk for a couple of games before Bridcutt complained of pain and was left out. How the club didn’t realise sooner I don’t know. Bridcutt never really recovered and despite a good pre-season he has been left out of three match-day squads for “tactical reasons” by Thomas Christiansen.
I liked Bridcutt although I was critical of him last season, and I think the criticism was fair at the time. I think he will do well at Nottingham Forest.