Should Sheffield Wednesday move for Liam Bridcutt this summer?

Sheffield Wednesday

Sunderland's Bridcutt has impressed while on loan at Leeds United.

On the surface, Sheffield Wednesday are fairly set for central midfielders.

Behind regulars Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson, there's Alex Lopez, Lewis McGugan, Jose Semedo and Filipe Melo. Liam Palmer started out there, too.

Hutchinson, though, is not going to play 46 games a season. Not only is he a magnet for bookings, his body makes a Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday schedule almost impossible to keep up with.

McGugan's lack of minutes - despite an extremely healthy goal return -  suggests he is far from the forefront of Carlos Carvalhal's plans, while Lopez, you'd expect, will return to Celta Vigo at the end of his loan spell this summer.

And it's hard to envisage either Semedo or Melo, who hasn't played all season due to injury, having their contracts extended (perhaps Jose can stay on as ambassador or something?) leaving them with Hutchinson, Bannan, Lee, an unwanted McGugan and a right-back in Palmer, heading into next season - which could be in the Premier League, but will most likely see them plotting an assault on the Championship's automatic places.

Watford's Adlene Guedioura was a loan window target according to the Sheffield Star, though any hope of landing the Algerian this month is likely to have evaporated with his goal against Arsenal on Sunday.

The arrival of Abdoulaye Doucoure at Vicarage Road could free up Guedioura from the summer, but one player who will almost certainly be available then is Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt.

Assuming the Black Cats remain in the Premier League, it is unlikely that Bridcutt will be kept on with his contract due to expire next summer.

Bridcutt, who at 26 is four years Guedioura's junior, has impressed on loan at Leeds United this season and his manager Steve Evans told the BBC earlier this month that the midfielder had given him 'every indication' he'd like to return to Elland Road next term.

Leeds' off-field problems are well-documented, however, while Wednesday are an increasingly attractive proposition, from both a footballing and financial perspective. It's perhaps not inaccurate to suggest the Owls could offer Bridcutt more in wages - not to mention a more formulated shot at the Premier League.

But what can Bridcutt offer them? Well, a better minutes-per-tackle and minutes-per-pass ratio than Hutchinson, mainly, and a far more pleasing record of injuries and suspensions.

One of the areas in which Hutchinson outperforms his former Chelsea teammate, though, is interceptions - making almost double the amount of Bridcutt per game.

  PositionTeamWon Tackle MINSAccurate Pass MINSInterception Won MINSAppearancesMins Played
Sam Hutchinson DF Sheff Wed 52.65 2.51 21.83 24 1,790
Liam Bridcutt MF Leeds 44.47 1.86 37.23 18 1,601

However, in a team which relies so heavily on its pressing game, a faster rate is perhaps to be expected.

Hutchinson and Bridcutt needn't be rivals, though, with the former also impressing at the heart of defence this season. Only six of his 24 league starts have come there, yet many supporters have called for the one-time heir to John Terry's throne to be given an extended run at the back, amid concerns over Vincent Sasso and Michael Turner.

Bridcutt's capture would give the Owls the best of both worlds.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch