LIAM HAS CLASS TO CUT IT IN TOP FLIGHT
LIAM Bridcutt flopped at Sunderland. But who hasn’t? The entire squad has performed with all the assurance of a nursery school nativity cast for the best part of three years.
Spanked on a weekly basis, stuffed with ageing mercenaries and cut-rate foreigners, managers coming and going like tube trains at rush hour.
It is no environment for any player to prosper, let alone a young, cultured ball-player straight out of the Championship.
That’s why, just two miserable years after clinching a £3m move from Brighton, the 26year-old is back in the Championship with Leeds.
Back then, Bridcutt was the best midfielder outside the top flight and the lynchpin of Gus Poyet’s free-flowing side.
Intelligent and perceptive, his passing from deep was the catalyst for everything the Seagulls did well. Yet, on Wearside he is viewed as a crab, a player who scuttles ineffectively from side to side and passes either five yards or backwards.
Let’s be clear, though. Bridcutt wasn’t bought to change games. He was bought to feed dynamic players and then give them security to attack.
Brighton had ball-playing defenders and talented forwards who broke quickly. Sunderland spend games defending for their lives, banking behind the ball and running towards their own goal.
Bridcutt just didn’t fit the system, lost confidence and played with inhibition. Sunderland fans may disagree, but Bridcutt is a cut above the Championship.
I’d back him to prove it all over again.
MISUSED: Liam Bridcutt