Is Liam Bridcutt on his way out of Sunderland?

Currently on loan at Leeds United, does Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt have a future at the Stadium of Light?

Is Liam Bridcutt on his way out of Sunderland?
What's Best For Bridcutt?

Impressing on loan at Leeds United, Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt finds himself a wanted man.

Joining Sunderland under the reign of Gustavo Poyet, his manager at previous club Brighton, at the end of January 2014, his signing was was met with excitement, with Poyet describing his new asset as 'good enough for Real Madrid'.

Largely uninspiring

At Sunderland, Bridcutt, 26, was largely uninspiring at the Stadium of Light and eventually found himself on the fringes of the first team, having been dubbed 'not good enough' by fanzines and several media outlets alike.

However, since joining Leeds on loan, Bridcutt has made the central midfield position his own, with manager Steve Evans champing at the bit to keep him at Elland Road.

Recently recalled to the Scotland set-up, his performance against Blackburn Rovers proved the catalyst for Evans' positivity towards the midfielder.

"Time to move on"

Evans is aware that Bridcutt claimed, earlier in the year, that it was 'time to move on' and that 'Leeds want me here' and would certainly like to get the deal signed at the Championship club.

The stumbling block would prove to be the seven-figure fee that Sunderland would like to recoup for the player, with the initial fee being touted as £3million, as Leeds' hierarchy tend to 'err on the side of caution' when spending profusely these days.

Sunderland, however, will likely allow the player to move on for a reduced fee, even with one year remaining on his contract at the Black Cats.

Impressive midfield

Jan Kirchhoff has really settled in after a difficult start in England (Source: Daily Mail)
Jan Kirchhoff has really settled in after a difficult start in England (Source: Daily Mail)

The Wearsiders find themselves with an abundance of midfield talent available, post-Bridcutt, with players such as Yann M'Vila, Lee Cattermole, Jan KirchhoffSebastian Larsson and Ola Toivanen, it would appear Bridcutt would find it increasingly difficult to break into the first team, should he return to the Stadium of Light.