By Coral Barry
Liam Bridcutt has thanked Leeds for helping him fight his way back into the Scotland squad.
The 26-year-old has been one of Leeds’ stand-out performers this season after Steve Evans brought him to Elland Road on an emergency loan deal from Sunderland in November.
Bridcutt’s performances have now given him the opportunity to add to his solitary Scotland cap after the midfielder was called up to Gordon Strachan’s squad for Tuesday night’s friendly with Denmark.
Since arriving on a season-long loan, Bridcutt has missed just one Championship game for Leeds and he has credited his time with the Whites as key to getting his career back on track.
“I’m very happy to be involved,” said Birdcutt speaking to the Leeds website about his Scotland recall. “It’s been good that I’ve had a good run of games at Leeds and it’s showed as I’m back to full fitness now and ready to go.
“I probably wouldn’t have believed I would get this call-up if you’d have asked me at the start of November.
“But I said when I first came to the club that all I needed was games to prove that I was ready to be back in the squad. Leeds United have given me the opportunity to showcase that.”
Gus Poyet signed Bridcutt from former club Brighton in 2014, but since the Uruguayan’s departure from Sunderland, the midfielder has found life at the Northern club difficult.
Bridcutt had not made a single league appearance for Sunderland when he moved to Leeds late last year and managed just ten league starts for the Black Cats last season.
But the Scottish international has now rediscovered his form and Evans has revealed that Leeds would love to sign Bridcutt on a permanent deal once the transfer window reopens in the summer.