Leeds United's new director of football Niccolo Barattieri helped bring Liam Bridcutt to Sunderland

Leeds Bridcutt

The Italian was working at Sunderland when they signed Bridcutt from Brighton.

Leeds Bridcutt

Leeds United unveiled their new management structure yesterday, with Garry Monk unveiled as the club’s new manager and Niccolo Barattieri coming in as director of football.

The Italian businessman has previous experience in English football – working at Sunderland as an advisor to the club chairman regarding transfers and player recruitment.

Bridcutt Leeds

He was at Sunderland whilst Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet were at the club and was still in the job when Sunderland brought in a player that Leeds United fans would very much like to see arrive at Elland Road permanently.

That player is Liam Bridcutt.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

Bridcutt joined Sunderland from Brighton, where he had played under Poyet, in January 2014 – at which point Barattieri was still very much involved in the recruitment of playing staff at Sunderland.

So perhaps Leeds now have yet another in, along with former Leeds Head of Recruitment Martyn Glover, who is now at Sunderland, when it comes to bringing in Bridcutt this summer.

Bridcutt enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Leeds last season. He joined the club from Sunderland in November last year and his loan was extended until the end of the season at the start of January.

Sunderland Bridcutt

The move was a successful one. He played 24 times for Leeds and helped improve their results in the second-half of the Championship campaign.

The Chronicle recently reported that Bridcutt would want a return to Leeds this summer – and perhaps the deal looks even more likely with Barattieri at Elland Road.

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