Nottingham Forest legend Kenny Burns believes that the club may bin Liam Bridcutt at the end of the season.
Bridcutt, 28, signed for Forest in the summer from Leeds United in a deal worth £1million but the defensive midfielder has not made an appearance since the 2-0 win against Wolves at Molineux in January.
Aitor Karanka has consistently overlooked the former Sunderland enforcer and Burns believes that Jack Colback will be signed on a permanent basis from Newcastle United in the summer to shove Bridcutt further down the pecking order.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Liam Bridcutt left Nottingham Forest in the summer,” said Burns on the Nottingham Post website.
“It’s pretty obvious Aitor Karanka will make a lot more changes to his squad at the end of the season, having already carried out some major surgery in the January transfer window.
“Ten players in and several players out in his first month in charge, there is almost certain to be more arrivals and departures at the City Ground after the last ball is kicked this season.
“And I wouldn’t be shocked if one of those players who leaves is Bridcutt.
“I know Colback is only on loan from Newcastle United until the end of the season, but he could make his switch permanent in the summer.
“And I think that would leave Bridcutt down the pecking order in central midfield if he was at Forest next season.”
Bridcutt was signed by Mark Warburton in the summer and has made 23 appearances in all competitions for Nottingham Forest, supplying three assists.
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One of the side-effects of changing manager is that some players are going to drift into obscurity and it seems that Bridcutt is facing that prospect at the City Ground. The two-times Scotland international is not a bad player and would do well at many Championship clubs, but if he is not fancied by Karanka then there’s no hope of him getting a respite at Forest. Warburton signed him for £1million in the summer and the Reds should be able to recoup that fee in selling the Scot. Another Championship team or a move north of the border would be ideal for him.
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