Nottingham Forest take on Bury in the League Cup this evening, in a game which will likely see some fringe players get a chance. One of those players who will be hoping for a recall will be Liam Bridcutt.
When Nottingham Forest signed the former Leeds United captain last summer it looked a coup. A favourite of Garry Monk’s, new manager Thomas Christiansen was not so keen. Therefore, Forest got him for a reported £1 million. It appeared a bargain for a top Championship midfielder.
However, Bridcutt currently finds himself down the pecking order at the City Ground. He played just 24 times last season, with new manager Aitor Karanka not as keen on his talents as predecessor Mark Warburton.
This term, with the likes of Jack Colback, Ben Watson, Adlene Guedioura and Matty Cash ahead of him in the pecking order, Bridcutt has not yet featured at all.
One of the highest earners at the City Ground, Forest must surely be considering sending him out on loan before the end of August. He is contributing very little at the moment and with young Ryan Yates waiting in the wings, it might be time to move Bridcutt on.