One of the more interesting developments this season at Leeds United is the number of options that Thomas Christiansen has in midfield. Leeds were fairly deep at the position last year and with the development of young players Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips, the future might be now in terms of a youth revolution in the middle of the pitch. Adding in the acquisition of Mateusz Klich and the rejuvenation of Eunan O’Kane under TC, the central midfield position certainly seems crowded.
One of the storylines during preseason was the playing time and position in the club of last year’s captain Liam Bridcutt. While he got plenty of playing time for the club under Garry Monk, he’s not necessarily seen as fitting into the style of play that the new coach wishes the team to play.
Bridcutt was left off the roster on opening day against Bolton, leading to speculation about his future at the club. Christiansen assured the press that he had plans for Bridcutt, and he came on the pitch against Port Vale in the cup in midweek as a substitute.
Christiansen confirmed at his press conference that both Klich & Bridcutt will be missing from the match-day squad for “tactical” reasons.— LEEDSUNITED_MAD ⚡️ (@LeedsUnited_MAD) August 11, 2017
He was also left off the matchday 18 against Preston for “tactical reasons” but was included on the bench against Fulham, but again failed to appear. Bridcutt has a good reputation around the league as a good Championship player, and while it seems like he’s the kind of guy who wouldn’t force a move or act like Diego Costa and throw his toys out of the pram, it’s not surprising that Bridcutt is rumored to be a target of Nottingham Forest. It’s been mentioned in a Forest fans forum that he had a medical at Forest, and they’ve been interested in the past as well.
Few rumours doing the rounds of Bridcutt to Forest.— Andrew Dalton (@lufcstats) August 17, 2017
So these rumors are bound to pop up, both on twitter and in fan forums. How real are these rumors? Do they have legs? It’s hard to tell right now, but given the logjam at central midfield for Leeds and the desire for Forest to add experienced players to a squad that has already gotten a couple good results this year and with a new owner that appears to care, Forest might be interested in Bridcutt.
This rumor might just be total crap, or it might have legs, and until the “in the know” people start talking, I’d take it with a gigantic grain of salt. Forest fans certainly seem excited about the possible move, and with the progression of Vieira and Phillips, he might be surplus at Leeds, so it’s a logical move.