Should Liam Bridcutt be Leeds United's number one target this summer?

Elland Road pitchside

The midfielder is said to be high on Leeds United's radar but a new striker and an additional winger are also required.

According to a recent report from the Sunderland Echo, Leeds United have made signing Liam Bridcutt on a permanent deal their priority transfer target this summer.

The Scotland international has rediscovered his best form since he swapped Sunderland for a loan spell at Elland Road. However that upturn will have no doubt prompted interest from other potential suitors eager to sign Bridcutt themselves if the Black Cats do part company with the midfielder for good.

But should the signing of Bridcutt be Leeds’ priority this summer or should they be focused on strengthening elsewhere?

There is no doubt Bridcutt has played a significant role in Leeds’ improvement and alongside Toumani Diagouraga he has formed a solid midfielder partnership that helps protect the back-line while allowing the more creative players ahead of them to do what they do best.

The fact that Bridcutt is already settled at Leeds would also make his signing a sensible one, although as seen with Sol Bamba prior to his recent renaissance there is no guarantee a successful loanee will immediately become an equally successful full-time recruit.

Diagouraga’s presence, along with the likes of Lewis Cook and Luke Murphy, mean Bridcutt’s permanent signing is not the be all and end all, with a quality striker, a more consistent winger and potentially a new centre-back likely to be near the top of Leeds manager Steve Evans’ shopping list.

But there are few midfielders who can perform consistently in the Championship as well as Bridcutt, and the sooner Leeds get a deal over the line, the sooner they can focus on the other top targets, of which there are likely to be a few.

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