By Will Butcher
Leeds have confirmed Liam Bridcutt as the new club captain – less than a month after becoming a permanent signing of the club.
The 27-year-old has been given the captain’s armband just 24 hours before the Championship outfit welcome Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield to Elland Road on Saturday.
Speaking to Leeds’ official website, Bridcutt revealed his delight at being given the responsibility and believes that it will make him a better player.
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“It’s a real honour,” Bridcutt told Leeds’ official website. “The manager has shown great faith in me by giving me the captaincy.
“It puts a little bit more pressure on me but that’s something I like. I’ve always been a player that’s thrived under pressure and I think that’s the way to get the best out of me.
The Chelsea academy graduate replaces former captain and Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba whose contract was terminated last week, just 24 hours after the window shut.
Bamba decided to end his Elland Road stay after falling down the pecking order behind Liam Cooper, Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley and failing to find a new club before the end of the transfer window.
Two-time Scotland international, Bridcutt, is already a fan favourite among Leeds fans after impressing during 27 league and cup encounters last term before he signed a permanent deal last month.
The combative holding midfielder brings with him a wealth of Championship and Premier League experience, following spells with Brighton and Sunderland.