Should Leeds cash in on reported Bridcutt interest or will Christiansen rejuvenate him?

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The Leeds United skipper has been linked with a summer exit but what would be best for the club?

Leeds' Liam Bridcutt and Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola at the end of the match

According to a report from the Sun, new Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is considering a move for Leeds United's Liam Bridcutt, and while the Scotland international is clearly rated by his former boss, one wonders if it would be a major setback if the midfielder left Elland Road this summer or if they could be better off without him.

While Bridcutt was handed the armband at Leeds, his performances left a lot to be desired, and he rarely played to his best as what was a once-promising campaign ended in bitter disappointment with the club missing a play-off place at the death.

It could be argued that the Leeds system did not suit Bridcutt, and that new manager Thomas Christiansen will be able to utilise the 28-year-old far better than Monk did.

Conversely the new Leeds gaffer could have his own ideas for who will be bossing the midfield next season, with Bridcutt potentially deemed surplus to requirements.

It would be a cruel irony if Bridcutt moved to Middlesbrough and suddenly started putting in the performances that earned Boro an immediate return to the top flight, but he did little last season to suggest he is the answer to Leeds' problems.

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna in action with Leeds' Liam Bridcutt

Only time will tell how this one plays out, and Bridcutt certainly has the experience and the innate ability to make his mark under Christiansen if the new gaffer is impressed during pre-season.

One just wonders if the captain's armband, and a place in the starting XI, is justified on past showings.

Christiansen will want to make a statement in the transfer market and strengthening the heart of his squad was always going to be key.

Now he has to decide if Bridcutt is the answer to his problems or a problem in itself.

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