Leeds United and Middlesbrough drew 0-0 this week.
Leeds United manager Steve Evans has set about changing his side with impressive precision, and while there is still work to be done the additions of Toumani Diagouraga, Mustapha Carayol and Liam Bridcutt are all steps in the right direction.
The latter pair are only on loan at Elland Road, but when it comes to Bridcutt surely Leeds will do everything in their power to make the move a permanent one in the summer.
The 26-year-old arrived at Sunderland with a big reputation; however he failed to make much impact at the Stadium of Light and was eventually sent out on loan to Leeds.
There he wasted little time showing what he is capable of and on recent evidence he and Diagouraga could form a wonderful long-term partnership in the centre of the field if they are allowed to do so.
On Monday evening the pair started against Middlesbrough and while they could not inspire Leeds to victory they were solid throughout.
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Bridcutt was particularly impressive and his statistics at the end of the game spoke of a player rediscovering his best form more with each new appearance.
A passing accuracy of 75 per cent was good if not great, but with 11 ball recoveries and nine duels won Bridcutt absolutely shone.
The Leeds midfielder also won three tackles, three interceptions and one aerial battle to further stress his defensive importance. However he can also create, as proved by his three key passes to set up goal-scoring chances for a teammate.
Whatever happens at Leeds this summer, the first thing on Evans’ to-do list will surely be securing Bridcutt for the long term.