Forest loom but Bridcutt part of head coach’s plans at Leeds

USEFUL: Head coach Thomas Christiansen feels Liam Bridcutt, middle, is an important squad player for Leeds United. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
USEFUL: Head coach Thomas Christiansen feels Liam Bridcutt, middle, is an important squad player for Leeds United. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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LIAM BRIDCUTT remains part of Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen’s plans, despite interest from Nottingham Forest.

Bridcutt was appointed club captain by former head coach Garry Monk last term but the 28-year-old has fallen down the central midfield pecking order under United’s new head coach.

Bridcutt failed to make the match-day 18 for United’s season opener at Bolton Wanderers and after coming on as a substitute in the Carabao Cup clash against Port Vale, the midfielder was again left out altogether for the Championship goalless draw at home to Preston North End.

Bridutt was then an unused substitute during Tuesday night’s Championship hosting of Fulham which also ended in a goalless draw.

The midfielder is now attracting the interest of United’s Championship rivals Forest with Bridcutt’s Whites contract up at the end of the current campaign and Leeds yet to offer him a new deal.

But Christiansen said he had “belief” in Bridcutt who the head coach still regards as an important leader and a useful player for the squad as a whole.

Asked if he was aware of the interest from Forest, Christiansen said on Thursday afternoon: “I just heard it today.

“I have been speaking to him and I believe in him.

“I am very pleased by the work, how he acts on the pitch and he is a captain for me in the team, even if he is not in the squad.

“But his attitude is the right one, the preferred one so I will not complain about anything.

“It’s just that I have to take these decisions. He is out (of the team) right now but this can change.

“If we have injuries, if we have suspensions then we need to put some other players in.”

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