By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have expressed their delight on Twitter at Garry Monk’s decision to give Scotland international Liam Bridcutt the club captaincy.
The 27-year-old, who signed for Leeds permanently less than a month ago following a summer-long transfer saga, will wear the armband during Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against table toppers Huddersfield.
Leeds announced the news via their official website on Friday afternoon, as the Yorkshire giants’ number 26 replaces departing Ivory Coast international Sol Bamba in handling the extra responsibility.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 9, 2016
Two-time Scotland star Bridcutt is already a fan favourite among Leeds fans after impressing during 27 league and cup encounters last term before signing a permanent deal in August.
Fans are happy that the former Brighton man has been given the armband, with many saying that Bridcutt has the qualities required to be a captain.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
Bridcutt was my choice & also preferred by many #lufc fans. We need lots of 'captains' out there tho 👊
— FOREVER LEEDS 💯 (@FOREVERLEEDSMOT) September 9, 2016
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) September 9, 2016
Great decision regarding Bridcutt. #lufc
— GazBazUK (@GazBazUK) September 9, 2016
Bridcutt is the right choice for captain. #LUFC
— James (@JamesLUFC) September 9, 2016
Liam Bridcutt is a great choice of captain, happy with that #lufc
— Daniel Wood (@danielwood100) September 9, 2016
Hope Bridcutt's performances don't decrease like they did with Austin. #lufc
— BC (@BC_LUFC) September 9, 2016
One fan is not as optimistic though, reminding Leeds fans that the Yorkshire giants’ captain always seems to leave with Bamba joining the likes of Jonny Howson, Ross McCormack and Rodolph Austin in recent years.
Liam Bridcutt's confirmation as new club captain clears the way for his sale in the January window. Thanks for everything, Liam #lufc
— Marcelo Bielsa Fan Account (@TotalLeedsball) September 9, 2016
The combative Chelsea academy graduate brings with him a wealth of Championship and Premier League experience, following spells with Brighton and Sunderland.