Leeds United may have to pay the price for short-sighted Cellino error

Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Leeds signed Liam Bridcutt to just a two-year deal last year, and now Nottingham Forest want to take advantage.

Leeds United are receiving interest in midfielder Liam Bridcutt from Nottingham Forest, according to the Nottingham Post.

While Bridcutt has not featured as a starter yet in the league this season, he is a talented enough player that first team chances will sooner or later come his way.

Except his expiring contract puts Leeds under pressure and could press them into a snap decision to sell up.

Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Despite only signing permanently last summer, Bridcutt's deal expires next June.

It is an example of the short sighted planning undertaken by former owner Massimo Cellino, to offer Bridcutt just a two-year deal when he signed.

New owner Andrea Radrizzani has conducted his business in a different manner, offering new signings four year deals and even tying down young talent Ronaldo Vieira to a contract of the same length.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa is tackled by Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on December 29, 2016 in...

If Bridcutt had been signed to a four year deal at the time, Leeds could take a relaxed view of the situation and let it play out by simply challenging him to compete and make Thomas Christiansen's first team.

As it stands Leeds could have to decide to sell up either now or in January or risk losing the midfielder on a free transfer next summer.

In one way Leeds are fortunate that their midfield options have overtaken Bridcutt in the first team pecking order.

If he was still regarded as a must pick, undisputed first choice, the decision to offer just a two year deal at the time would look even worse.