Evans predicts Liam Bridcutt will become best player in the Championship in two weeks

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Steve Evans thought Liam Bridcutt was 'terrific' against Queens Park Rangers.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he thinks midfielder Liam Bridcutt will be 'the best player in the Championship' in two weeks time.

Leeds fell to a second straight defeat under Evans on Saturday, and once again the scoreline was 1-0, as just a week after losing to Rotherham, the Whites fell to defeat against QPR.

Charlie Austin's second half goal - his first touch after coming on as a substitute - meant Leeds left West London empty handed, as Leeds made it two games without a goal.

The game saw new signing Liam Bridcutt make his Leeds debut, having joined the club on loan from Sunderland until January on Thursday morning.

The midfielder, 26, played the full 90 minutes for Leeds despite failing to play even once for Sunderland so far this season, and his new manager Evans was certainly impressed with his display.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the game, Evans stated that he felt Bridcutt was 'terrific' against Queens Park Rangers, and make a remarkably bold claim about the ex-Brighton man.

Evans said that, whilst his squad needs more bodies in January, his one signing, Bridcutt, will be the best player in the Championship in two weeks.

"We know what we need to do to the playing squad," said Evans. "Approaching the November window was never a good time to do that. We know what we need to do. We've affected it by one player, and I tell you what, in two weeks time he's going to be the best player in the Championship, Bridcutt. I thought he was terrific," he added.

That's a huge statement from Evans, and whilst fans of teams such as Hull City, Derby County, Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley will believe that they have some of the finest players in the division, Evans' comments show just how much the Scot rates Bridcutt.

Evans' prediction may be a little ambitious, but if Bridcutt can replicate the form he showed with Brighton before joining Sunderland, he should make a huge impact on this Leeds team.

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