Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has suggested to The Yorkshire Evening Post that Liam Bridcutt and Toumani Diagouraga are good enough to play in the Premier League.
Evans made the comments following Leeds’s 1-0 defeat to Watford away from home at Vicarage Road in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.
“I think there’s no doubt that 60 per cent of the squad are very good players and good enough to be part of something here,” the Scotsman told The Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I looked at Diagouraga in the first half and Bridcutt, and they looked like Premier League players.”
Bridcutt is technically a Premier League player, as he is ‘owned’ by Sunderland.
The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has been on loan at Leeds since November and has established himself as one of the best players for the Whites.
The Scotland international has created 10 chances in 13 Championship appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit so far this season.
Bridcutt has a pass accuracy of 81%, and has won 16 headers, seven dribbles and 27 tackles.
Diagouraga joined Leeds from Championship rivals Brentford in the January transfer window and has already been a hit at Elland Road.
The 28-year-old midfielder has created two chances in three Championship appearances for the Whites.
Diagouraga has a pass accuracy of 89%, and has won one header, one dribble and one tackle.