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Leeds United have not missed Liam Bridcutt after surprise summer sale

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Leeds United have not missed Liam Bridcutt after surprise summer sale

Leeds United sold their former captain in the summer, surprising many fans.

Last summer Leeds United underwent plenty of changes. They lost manager Garry Monk after Andrea Radrizzani became the club’s new owner whilst plenty of players also came and went. One such player was one-time club captain Liam Bridcutt.

New manager Thomas Christiansen quickly decided that Bridcutt was not in his plans for the upcoming season. Leeds, therefore, allowed him to join Championship rivals Nottingham Forest in a deal reported by the Nottingham Post to be in the region of £1 million.

(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

That looked a very good deal for Forest, who felt they had got themselves a bargain from one of their nearest Championship rivals.

It was also a surprise to Leeds fans to see the club let him go. They had fought so hard to sign him, initially under Steve Evans on loan in 2015, before Monk snapped him up permanently the following summer.

But he struggled with injury throughout 2016-17 and the new manager simply decided he was not in his plans at Elland Road.

In all honesty, the 29-year-old has not yet shown he is sorely missed.

Bridcutt has played just 27 games this season, finding the net once. He has also picked up 11 bookings, which would have been more ill-discipline Leeds could live without. Once again his campaign has been hampered by niggling injury trouble.

(during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

The Scotland international suffered an ankle injury in January which kept him out for several months.

He also saw yet another managerial change, with Aitor Karanka taking over from Mark Warburton. From his time at Leeds and Sunderland, it is a situation he is becoming increasingly used to.

Overall, Leeds will not feel as though they are missing out greatly after the departure of their former captain.

He might have been a handy member of the squad to have at Leeds this season but would he have helped them finish higher up the Championship table? It looks doubtful.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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