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Would Leeds be making the same mistake twice signing Bridcutt on loan after Buckley's struggles?

Could Leeds United bring in another player severely lacking in game-time?

According to ongoing reports from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United want to sign Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt on loan this month, but would that be the right move?

The Scotland international has not played any first-team football this season and his only competitive action was a single run-out for Sunderland’s under-21 side against Liverpool in mid-October.

When you consider Bridcutt has not been deemed good enough to get anywhere near a side struggling near the foot of the Premier League table, and with his severe lack of game-time, what sense would there be in signing a player who could take many weeks to be sufficiently match-fit?

Leeds have seen that first-hand having brought Bridcutt’s Sunderland teammate Will Buckley to Elland Road earlier in the campaign.

The 25-year-old had just two under-21 appearances prior to his loan switch to Leeds and he has flattered to deceive since, looking off the pace during his debut against Birmingham City and appearing for fewer and fewer minutes in the three games that immediately followed.

Since then he has been an unused substitute for the last three Championship matches and he showed little against Wycombe Wanderers to suggest he has a future at Leeds.

Bridcutt may fair differently, but there is a real risk in signing players from a struggling club who are nowhere near match-fit, and Leeds could be about to make the same mistake twice…

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