Former Leeds United midfielder Simon Walton explains why Liam Bridcutt is so important

Lewis Cook

The Crawley Town midfielder believes Bridcutt is essential to good form from Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and others.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans battled hard last month to bring in the Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt on loan.

After the deal looked dead at one minute the Yorkshire club suddenly pulled off the deal at the final hour on a loan deal, with an extension clause, until January.

He shone against Hull City in Leeds' impressive win last weekend and one former Leeds player has suggested why he is a massive signing for the club.

Simon Walton is now with Crawley Town but was tipped for big things when he emerged at Leeds, making his first-team debut as a 16-year-old.

He never quite made the grade at Elland Road and left for the club's weekend opponents Charlton Athletic in 2006 but he is still a massive fan of the club.

He believes that the signing of Bridcutt will allow the likes of Lewis Cook and Alez Mowatt to get forward more in games and have a bigger influence on proceedings.

He told the Noel Whelan Show on BBC Radio West Yorkshire last night:

"We've got neat and tidy midfield players, a lot of them are young players, don't get me wrong. They are going to get a whole lot better.

"But I think it needed a Bridcutt type of player to get alongside them and sort of release the younger players a little more to go and do their thing. That little extra lease of life without the extra defensive responsibilities holding them back.

"So I think getting someone in like that was important and hopefully it will release these sort of players higher up the pitch."

It is certainly fair to say that Bridcutt's defensive mentality should do wonders for Cook especially. He is a far better player when he is going forward and using his technical prowess and creativity in the final third.

Bridcutt is the platform on which the other Leeds midfielders can shine and hopefully the results will follow.

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