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Why Leeds United need to sign Liam Bridcutt on a permanent deal

Leeds United currently have Liam Bridcutt on loan until the end of the season from Sunderland.

With Liam Bridcutt already stating to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would be willing to move to Leeds United on a permanent basis, Steve Evans should act quickly to snap up the central midfielder.

There is no question that Bridcutt’s performances since joining Leeds on loan from Sunderland have improved the quality of the Whites’ starting line-up.

And, if he is open to staying on a more permanent basis, then there is no doubting that Leeds should make him their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Evans has already announced a desire to bring in players capable of playing in a team pushing from promotion in the Championship, and Bridcutt has already proven he has the capabilities to do just that.

He has also slotted in perfectly in Leeds’ midfield, and he has added steel to the side, that they have bene desperately lacking.

Evans has promised that he will have Leeds challenging for promotion next season, but those comments have understandably been greeted with scepticism.

Leeds failed in the January transfer window. The Yorkshire club only brought in three signings and that has left them with serious flaws to their squad. Make no mistake, Evans will have to do a lot of renovation in the summer.

If Leeds are to convince players of the right calibre to join the club, then they are going to need to prove that they are serious promotion contenders, and Bridcutt’s arrival would do just that.

To see a player stepping down from the Premier League to play for Leeds should encourage more to follow suit.

As a result, Evans should already be laying the groundwork to ensure that the 26-year-old remains a part of his squad for next term - because if he returns to Sunderland it could signal the start of yet another disappointing campaign for Leeds.

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