Noel Whelan explains what Liam Bridcutt brings to Leeds United and how he can help Lewis Cook

The Sunderland loanee made his debut for Leeds this afternoon.

Leeds United followed their dispirited and limp display against Rotherham United last week with a similarly disappointing performance against QPR.

They lost the game 1-0 courtesy of a second half goal from half-fit Charlie Austin and offered very little in terms of response.

One thing to be cheerful about from the game was a debut for recent signing Liam Bridcutt. The Scottish international finally completed a protracted deal to join the club on loan until January from Sunderland - after falling down thew pecking order at the Stadium of Light.

One man who is pleased to see him at the club is former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan. Speaking in his match coverage for BBC Yorkshire he believes that Bridcutt will be a great addition - and work wonders for youngster Lewis Cook:

"We have needed something different in that midfield.

"Bridcutt will be fired up and he'll be ready for the game. It just depends on how long he can last.

"We've been crying out for some experience. Lewis Cook has been carrying a lot on his shoulders and he needs some help and experience around him.

"He’s got that in Bridcutt."

It was not the best debut from the player. He picked up a booking and could not get the grip on the game he would have been hoping for.

With playing time however he should become an excellent addition for the Leeds side and his Football League experience will no doubt help the maturing process of Cook in alongside him.

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