STEVE EVANS is confident that loan arrival Liam Bridcutt will prove a ‘top player’ at Leeds United – despite a low-key debut at QPR last weekend.
The midfield enforcer, initially brought in on loan last week from Premier League outfit Sunderland until the start of January, had an indifferent first outing for the Whites in the visitors’ lacklustre 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road.
The game was Bridcutt’s first senior outing since the middle of May, with head coach Evans admitting that there is no substitute for competitive game-time – something which the 26-year-old has been starved off this season.
But equally, he is sure that the former Brighton player will show his worth in the coming weeks, with the Scot hoping to keep him on deck at Elland Road for a good while longer than January if he has his way.
On Bridcutt, who heads into tomorrow’s game with Hull on the back of a full week’s training with his new team-mates, Evans said: “I thought he (Bridcutt) was good in spells and not so good in others and I think the ‘not so good in others’ was perhaps the rustiness of only playing under-21 football which I have described many a time as five a side.
“It’s not competitive, it’s not the real action and it’s certainly not the hustle and bustle and attention to detail that’s in the Championship. But Liam will be a top signing for this football club and I’ll bet my dollar on that for sure. I back my judgement on Liam Bridcutt. I think he will be a top player here until at least June next year.”
Meanwhile, QPR have confirmed the appointment of former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager.
Hasselbaink has left his role at Burton, who are currently top of League One, and signed a rolling contract at Loftus Road.
He said: “It was not an easy decision to leave Burton, but when you get the opportunity to come somewhere like QPR, it was something I couldn’t turn down.”