Newly-signed Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt has told the club’s official website that he does not expect to get into the team rightaway.
The defensive midfielder has moved to Championship outfit Leeds on an emergency loan deal until the start of January from Premier League side Sunderland.
“I feel 100 per cent ready,” Bridcutt told Leeds’ official website. “I’ve been playing reserve games at Sunderland and I’ve been keeping myself fit. I’ve been doing extra work and I don’t think my fitness will be a problem.
“It’s entirely up to the manager - I don’t expect to go straight into the team, I have to earn that right. I know we’ve got a good squad and it’s the manager’s decision if he feels I’m ready to go in.”
It seems that Bridcutt has arrived at Elland Road knowing fully well that he is not guaranteed a place in the Leeds’ starting lineup.
Head coach Steve Evans has a good bunch of players, and the 26-year-old will have to prove to him that he is good enough for the starting lineup.
The Scotland international has not played a single game for Sunderland this season, but he has featured for the Black Cats' Under-21 side.
Bridcutt may have failed to make an impact in the Premier League, but he is someone who knows the Championship inside out and has proven himself in the division.