Steve Evans discusses Liam Bridcutt's future, explains what he tells him every day

The Leeds head coach is aware the loanee's fate works very much in tandem with Sunderland's.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says Sunderland-owned Liam Bridcutt tells him every day that he's still enjoying his football at Elland Road, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

And the Scot would love to keep the 26-year-old at Leeds next season.

However, he is fully aware that Sunderland's top-flight status will have a big influence on Bridcutt's future.

Evans told the BBC: "Do Sunderland stay in the Premier League? If so, Liam could be looking to move on. But, if they go down to the Championship, Sam [Allardyce] will have an opinion on what he should do, whether that's in or out.

"I know he'd love to be here. He's still enjoying his football. How do I know that? Apart from the fact he tells me on a daily basis, look at his performances."

Whatever the critics say about Evans (even if it's totally just), a positive from his time at Elland Road has definitely been the introduction of Bridcutt.

Leeds could do a lot worse than keep the Sunderland midfielder on board next season but, as Evans suggests, the fate of the Black Cats will determine whether the 26-year-old is still needed at the Stadium of Light.

United travel to Watford in the FA Cup this weekend for a tough clash against a Premier League side. At the same time, though, it's a game that gives Leeds a big opportunity.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are not in action until the end of February, when they travel to West Ham United.

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