More tackles than Hutchinson: Should Sheffield Wednesday enter running for Leeds United's Liam Bridcutt?

Sam Hutchinson of Sheffield Wednesday reacts after missing his sides first penalty during the Sky Bet Championship play off semi final, second leg match between Sheffield Wednesday and...

The Leeds United man could be a useful addition to Sheffield Wednesday's injury-hit midfield.

Little more than one league game into the new season was all it took for Sheffield Wednesday to encounter an all too familiar problem - the loss of Sam Hutchinson.

The all-action midfielder has established himself as a key part of Carlos Carvalhal's side over the past two campaigns, with the Owls winning less than half (17) of the 35 Championship fixtures he's missed since the start of 2014/15 (before Saturday's trip to Fulham).

Though there are other midfielders at Carvalhal's disposal, there are few who can break up play like Hutchinson can (interestingly, only Fernando Forestieri - a forward - won more tackles [56] than his 52 last season).

Sam Hutchinson of Sheffield Wednesday reacts after missing his sides first penalty during the Sky Bet Championship play off semi final, second leg match between Sheffield Wednesday and...Sam Hutchinson of Sheffield Wednesday

It's an issue the Portuguese has hopefully cottoned on to, with a new central midfielder previously reported to be in his sights ahead of this month's transfer deadline.

And with Wednesday's second tier rivals Nottingham Forest said to be planning a move for Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Post), it got HITC Sport wondering - could the Leeds United outcast be the man the Owls are looking for?

Can he do Hutch's job?

According to the stats he can. Despite playing around 850 fewer minutes than Hutchinson last season, Bridcutt made four more tackles, which works out at around 2.6 per game compared to the Owls man's 1.6. That's not to say that he's a better all-round player, mind.

  TeamTackles wonMinutes per tackle won
Liam Bridcutt Leeds 56 35.29
Sam Hutchinson Wednesday 52 54.6

Is he available?

Despite playing just 32 minutes of football this season - all in the League Cup - Bridcutt remains in Leeds' plans, at least according to manager Thomas Christiansen. But with his contract up at the end of the campaign, the Whites could be persuaded into selling - and the player may be open to a move if his opportunities continue to be limited.

Are there any obstacles?

Even if Leeds do agree to Bridcutt's sale, Wednesday would perhaps be at the bottom of their list of preferred destinations, with both teams expected to compete at the top end of the Championship this season, while financial fair play could make things difficult for the Owls anyway. And, with five central midfielders already (and that's without counting Lewis McGugan), is Hillsborough really the best place to increase his game time in the long-term?

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.Liam Bridcutt of Leeds United

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