Bridcutt, Bridcutt, Bridcutt.

Bridcutt Bridcuttery McBridcutt.

The man, the myth, the legend. The dependable central-defensive midfielder who served Leeds United so well in the 2015/16 season on loan from Sunderland, who was the one name fans wanted signed up for good this season, and still is. He’s the man who put teams in their place last term; the man who saved our defence from a beating several times.

£500,000. That’s what Sunderland are reported to want for him. However, sources suggest that two Leeds bids – one for £1m and one for £1.25m – have been rejected. Sunderland are, apparently, holding out for £1.5m to £2.0m, and they’ll get it. But maybe not from us.

For you see, the vultures at Aston Villa are circling. And those vultures have a Rolex on their wrist and lots of cash to burn. Our vultures, meanwhile, are comparatively pottless. Despite that £6 million cash injection from selling one of our best players, Lewis Cook. Cook has swanned off to Bournemouth to rep it in the Premier League (and fair play to the lad), but it has left us with a big gaping hole in our midfield which doesn’t look like it’s going to be filled anytime soon. The answer, of course, is Bridcutt.

But can we snap him up?

As time goes by, it looks increasingly unlikely. Sunderland are holding out for a deal which will net them a profit. We are holding out for a deal which is as cheap as chips. Meanwhile, Aston Villa are laughing. Heck, even Sunderland are laughing. It’s one big party. Ha, ha, ha. I doubt Bridcutt is laughing though. He’s got two teams after him, with Leeds United – the team he has come to enjoy playing for – not willing to pay a fair price for him. He’s worth it, he really is. Even his £20k+ a week wage is value for money. He’s an experienced midfielder with an eye for a pass. He’s a proven player at this level.

What’s the alternative, I ask? Diagouraga needs help. It looks increasingly likely that our default formation next season will be 4-2-3-1. Luke Murphy is simply not consistent enough to fill the hole, and even if he was, he can’t fill the hole for 46 Championship games and God knows how many FA Cup and Capital One Cup games.

The answer, I repeat, is Bridcutt. Even at £2m.

I just hope we bag him before it’s too late.

MOT.

  • Chris supporter for 54 years.

    Get Bridcutt signed up quality player!!

    • Alberto

      I totally agree and the sooner Bridcutt arrives, the better. Then let’s get in a central defender and maybe a right back, if we are lucky, the way things are going or not going.

  • Matthew

    Enough with the loans though. The squad is tiny, it ideally needs another 4-5 decent players at the bare minimum to stand a chance of playoffs. You never know with how long the season is about injuries. In some areas, we’d be woefully short, which would cost points.

  • Thommohawk

    We simply must sign Bridcutt!

    We got £6m minimum for Cook, that alone will pay the transfer fee and Bridcutt’s wages for the duration of his contract – cough it up Cellino!!

    If you wait someone else will only swoop in, and at that point you’re hoping Bridcutt refuses a move in hope that we turn up with a bid which is unlikely.

    Thing is he is proven in this league and at this club with these players….to gamble on a similar player for cheaper is still a huge gamble because he may not make it in this league and he might not be able to play in this team!

    Bridcutt you know can. Pay the money!

    • Peter duval

      I agree entirely the spoils of promotion must be surely too difficult to resist and we are only a couple of players short of I believe automatic/at least play offs …. If we used Cook funds alone then that would get us Bridcutt at 1.5m and Dack at 3m leaving 1.5m on a central defender my choice as always been Alfie Mawson with these three players we would have a great chance particularly with the development of Phillips Viera and Mowatt … Our midfield would be super strong full of young talent including Grimes .. We should not stick with Murphy … Sorry for rambling on guys have a good day

      • Thommohawk

        Agree…Murphy on his day is a decent player it’s just he has an awful tendency to be shite for two thirds of a season!. At least we finally got rid of Wooton though….need to get rid of the rest of the GFH shite and Cellino Italian Job and make a couple more sensible signings before the transfer window shuts (think we’ve got enough about us to see off QPR away even now) get a win or two behind us then we’ll be truly set for the Monk Revolution!

        Hopefully we can do a Leicester of our own this year…..

  • I could not agree more with the article. Bridcutt is a no brainer. I can’t believe we are thinking twice.

  • I’m becoming more convinced by the day Cellino is about to sell….. something.