Liam Bridcutt

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Liam Bridcutt
Liam Bridcutt Brighton vs Spurs.jpg
Bridcutt playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2011
Personal information
Full name Liam Robert Bridcutt[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Reading, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number 26
Youth career
000?–2007 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Chelsea 0 (0)
2008 Yeovil Town (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2009 Watford (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010 Stockport County (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 132 (2)
2014– Sunderland 9 (0)
National team
2013– Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:17, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Liam Robert Bridcutt (born 8 May 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Sunderland and the Scotland national team.

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Born in Reading, Berkshire,[1] Bridcutt rose through the youth system at Chelsea, and signed a professional contract in the summer of 2007.[2] He signed on loan for Yeovil Town on 8 February 2008[3] and made his début against Walsall the following day.[4] He then moved to Watford on loan on 27 November 2008[5] making his début for the club against Doncaster Rovers on 29 November 2008. On 14 August 2009, Liam moved to Stockport County on loan until January 2010[6] and was sent off on his début in the 4–2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion. He scored his first professional goal whilst at Stockport during a Johnstone's Paint Trophy game against Port Vale.[7]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 28 August 2010, Bridcutt signed a five-month contract with League One side Brighton & Hove Albion. On 5 November 2010, he signed a contract extension until the end of the season after impressing Gus Poyet especially against Plymouth Argyle and Peterborough United. Bridcutt scored his first goal in Albion colours in stoppage time of their 4–3 win over Carlisle United.[8] He followed this up with one of the goals in the 4–3 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge which led to Brighton's promotion to the Championship. Bridcutt's consistent performances in the 2011–12 Championship campaign earned him Brighton's Player of the Season award. Bridcutt's performances in the following 2012-13 Championship campaign earned him his second successive Player of the Season award, becoming the first Brighton player to achieve back-to-back Player of the Season awards since Bobby Zamora.[9]

Sunderland[edit]

On 30 January 2014, after weeks of speculation and a transfer request which was subsequently rejected by Brighton,[10] Bridcutt signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Sunderland, reuniting him with former Brighton head coach Gus Poyet. Bridcutt signed for an undisclosed fee, believed to be between 3 million and 4 million pounds,[11] and made his Sunderland début in the Tyne–Wear derby in a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park on 1 February.[12]

International career[edit]

On 7 March 2013, Bridcutt was named in Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad for the World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Wales & Serbia.[13] He gained his first Scotland cap in the game versus Serbia on 26 March 2013.

Bridcutt qualifies for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born grandfather.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 April 2014.[15]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2007–08 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Watford (loan) 2008–09 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Stockport County (loan) 2009–10 15 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 19 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2010–11 37 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 44 2
2011–12 43 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 49 0
2012–13 41 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 46 0
2013–14 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Brighton & Hove Albion total 132 2 11 0 5 0 3 0 152 2
Sunderland 2013–14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Sunderland total 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career total 173 2 15 0 6 0 5 1 200 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 59. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ Player Profiles Chelsea F.C. Accessed 25 February 2008.
  3. ^ Glovers land young Chelsea starlet. TeamTalk.com. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  4. ^ Sowden, Steve. Yeovil Town are going through a transition. Somerset County Gazette. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  5. ^ New Man on Loan!. Watford F.C. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
  6. ^ Hatters capture Bridcutt. Sky Sports. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Port Vale 3 – 1 Stockport". BBC Sport. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "Former Chelsea Midfielder Signs". Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bridcutt Named Player of the Year". SeaGulls. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brighton reject Bridcutt transfer request as Sunderland bid £2.5m for midfielder". Daily Mail. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transfer Deadline Day: Brighton's Liam Bridcutt joins Sunderland". British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland". British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Poyet welcomes Bridcutt call-up". BBC Sport. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Brighton: Liam Bridcutt delighted at first Scotland call-up". BBC Sport. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Liam Bridcutt career stats at Soccerbase

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