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 29)[1]
Place of birth Reading, Berkshire, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 7
Youth career
000–2007 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Chelsea 0 (0)
2008Yeovil Town (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2009Watford (loan) 6 (0)
2009–2010Stockport County (loan) 15 (0)
2010–2014 Brighton & Hove Albion 132 (2)
2014–2016 Sunderland 30 (0)
2015–2016Leeds United (loan) 24 (0)
2016–2017 Leeds United 25 (0)
2017– Nottingham Forest 27 (1)
National team
2013– Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:47, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:30, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Liam Robert Bridcutt (born 8 May 1989) is a professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Nottingham Forest. He is also a Scotland international.

Bridcutt started his career with Chelsea, but did not make a league appearance for the London club. He was loaned to Yeovil Town, Watford and Stockport County, before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion in 2010. He has since also played for Sunderland and Leeds United.

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, Bridcutt 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 Football League 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,[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]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

Bridcutt moved on loan to Leeds United on 26 November 2015.[13] He made his Leeds debut on 28 November in a 1–0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers.[14] After impressing in the heart of the Leeds midfield, on 5 January 2016, Bridcutt's loan was extended until the end of the 2015–16 season, with the view to a permanent move.[15][16]

On 13 March 2016, Leeds head coach Steve Evans revealed he wanted to sign Bridcutt permanently at the end of the season.[17]

Despite being at the club for less than a season, on 19 April, Bridcutt was one of five players nominated for the Leeds United Player of the Year Award, alongside Charlie Taylor, Gaetano Berardi, Mirco Antenucci and Lewis Cook.[18] The award was won by Taylor on 30 April.[19]

Leeds United[edit]

On 16 August 2016, Bridcutt transferred to Leeds United for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year contract.[20] His second debut for Leeds came on 20 August in a 2–0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.[21] Bridcutt was appointed team captain, replacing the departed Sol Bamba on 9 September 2016.[22]

Bridcutt picked up an injury on 14 September against Blackburn Rovers and it was revealed that Bridcutt had broken his foot and would miss several months of the season as a result of the injury.[23] Bridcutt returned from injury on 13 December replacing an injured Chris Wood as a first-half substitute in a 2–0 win against Reading.[24]

At the start of the 2017-18 season, Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen named Liam Cooper captain, replacing Bridcutt.[25]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 22 August 2017, Bridcutt joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a three-year deal for undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £1,000,000.[26][27] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 loss at Cardiff City on 21 April 2018.[28]

International career[edit]

Bridcutt qualifies to play for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born grandfather.[29] On 7 March 2013, Bridcutt was named in Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Wales and Serbia.[30] He gained his first Scotland cap in the game versus Serbia on 26 March 2013.[31]

After regaining his form whilst at Leeds United, Bridcutt regained his place in the Scotland squad on 10 March 2016 for a friendly against Denmark. He was called up alongside teammate Liam Cooper who made the squad for the first time.[32] On 29 March 2016, Bridcutt played against Denmark in a 1–0 victory, and was subject to heavy criticism from Denmark Manager Age Hareide for a challenge on Denmark defender Erik Sviatchenko which only earned Bricutt a yellow card.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2007–08[34] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2007–08[34] League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Watford (loan) 2008–09[35] Championship 6 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Stockport County (loan) 2009–10[36] League One 15 0 2 0 0 0 2[a] 1 19 1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2010–11[37] League One 37 2 6 0 0 0 1[a] 0 44 2
2011–12[38] Championship 43 0 3 0 3 0 49 0
2012–13[39] Championship 41 0 2 0 1 0 2[b] 0 46 0
2013–14[40] Championship 11 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
Total 132 2 11 0 5 0 3 0 151 2
Sunderland 2013–14[40] Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2014–15[41] Premier League 18 0 4 0 2 0 24 0
2015–16[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 30 0 4 0 2 0 36 0
Leeds (loan) 2015–16[42] Championship 24 0 3 0 0 0 27 0
Leeds 2016–17[43] Championship 25 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2017–18[44] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 49 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 53 0
Nottingham Forest 2017–18[44] Championship 24 1 0 0 0 0 24 1
Career total 265 3 22 0 9 0 5 1 301 4
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Championship play-offs

References[edit]

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  43. ^ "Games played by Liam Bridcutt in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
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