This morning Leeds finally secured a deal to take Liam Bridcutt on a two-year deal from Sunderland.
His contract was agreed to be terminated by both parties and a fee agreed to pay up the remaining twelve months.
I must be honest, Bridcutt was one of the few positives to come out of the previous season, strong in the tackle and vocal on the pitch.
He enjoyed a very good loan spell and it was accepted that a deal would be sorted as soon as the season ended. It didn't materialise basically because Leeds wanted him on the 'cheap' and Sunderland wanted a fee plus his twenty six thousand pound wage off their bill, Leeds weren't prepared to pay both.
I am of course old enough to remember the great midfielders that have graced the grass in LS11. My favourite Billy Bremner, probably the best player ever to wear the white of Leeds. There was also Collins, Giles, Lorimer, Gray of the old guard and Batty, Strachan, McAllister, Speed, Jones and Haaland in the eighties and nineties. Dacourt, Bowyer, K#%#ell in the naughties and there are many more.
I'm not saying Liam Bridcutt will emulate those above but he does have that element about him that he would not get pushed around and is willing put his body on the line for the cause, something sadly missing from certain players in this season so far.
We (eventually) wanted him and he feels wanted by us, to me that's a good way to start off with. I'm still surprised that another club didn't come in whilst Leeds 'fannied' about, but their loss is hopefully our gain.
A future captain? I'm pretty sure that if Bamba is absent from the team Liam Bridcutt will be on a very short list to replace him.
Welcome back and good luck Liam, you've been missed.
By Keith Ingham
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