Yesterday Leeds announced that Liam Bridcutt had departed the club for Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder joins Forest on a three year deal for a fee speculated to be around £1million and leaves Leeds having spent two seasons with the Whites.
When Bridcutt signed, Leeds were losing key battles in midfield and Steve Evans needed a player who could plug the gap. In came the then 26-year old on loan after a poor spell with Sunderland and he was a revelation.
It didn't take long for Bridcutt to receive praise from Leeds fans for his stellar performances and it looked like Leeds had found a new midfield stalwart.
However, last season saw a sporadic engagement in the first team with then head coach Garry Monk chopping and changing his side and for this; Bridcutt's form fell dramatically.
We now come to this summer and Bridcutt's involvement in the first team picture; which is classed as very bland. (Nando's lemon and herb to be precise)
The 28-year old has watched the emergence of Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira along with the additions of Eunan O'Kane and Mateusz Klich as it became evident that he would not be the preferred choice in Leeds' two man midfield.
Because of this, Bridcutt has now moved on to a side he is guaranteed a starting spot which is understandable.
It's a shame to see a player of Bridcutt's calibre leave the club. On his day he can be one of the best midfielders in the league and he did have a strong affiliation with the club that he had captained on occasion.
The major benefit will stand at the wages Leeds are set to recoup from the deal, with the former Brighton midfielder on around £17k a week at Leeds. That money along with the money for Wood can now be reinvested in the squad.
What's your opinion? Should Leeds have kept Bridcutt? Or was it time for the player to depart? Have your say in the comments below!
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