The Liam Bridcutt transfer saga has finally came to an end this morning after the midfielder joined Leeds United on a two-year deal from Premier League side Sunderland.
Bridcutt spent the majority of the 2015/2016 season on loan at Leeds United and the move has been made permanent after an impressive stint.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 16, 2016
With Leeds heading to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, we asses five potential benefits of having Bridcutt back involved in a side that has struggled to impress since the opening day of the season.
Here, we will analyse and discuss five potential benefits of having Liam Bridcutt back at Elland Road.
The first valuable asset that Bridcutt brings to the side is the fact that he is consistent. With Bridcutt involved last season, Leeds took at least a point in 16 of the 24 games in which he featured. It is unquestionable that Leeds had a stronger end to the season with Bridcutt involved.
According to transfermarkt.com, Bridcutt has provided thirteen championship assists in his career from a defensive midfield position.
Bridcutt was a huge part of the Brighton side in the 2012/13 season that reached the play-offs, providing seven assists en-route to the semi-finals against Crystal Palace which Brighton eventually lost 2-0 on aggregate. Therefore, Bridcutt supplies the crucial experience of being part of a successful team which was able to do exactly what Leeds United are seeking to do this season.
Bridcutt also boasts two international caps for Scotland, featuring as recently as March in a 1-0 friendly win against Denmark.
Another key attribute that the new signing brings to the side is his reliability within midfield. In 258 career appearances, Bridcutt has only been sent off once. This came in the 2010/11 season while at Brighton in a 3-1 defeat to Hartlepool. When times get tough, it is key to have a level-headed midfielder in the heart of midfield to maintain morale and calmness amongst the team.
If he is able to maintain the level of performance from last season, he may become a future captain of Leeds United.
For young players looking to pave a way into Garry Monk’s first team plans, having a player with the experience of Bridcutt in the side could make a major difference. With Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira each knocking on the door of the first team, it is crucial to have a player with Bridcutt’s leadership in order for the youngsters to excel.
Often with youth players, confidence is crucial to development. With an experienced leader alongside players like Phillips and Vieira, it is much more likely that they will benefit in the long term.
The final attribute that Leeds’ latest signing will bring is positivity. Not only will the signing boost the dressing room but it will also boost the morale of the fans who have been crying out for the deal to be completed for months.
After a tough start to the season, losing the opening two games, he could provide the crucial lift required to turn around the fortunes at Elland Road.
Liam Bridcutt is likely to feature against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. The Scottish international could be the most important signing of the summer so far for Leeds United.
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