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12th Apr, 2017 | 11:10am

Steve Evans: Leeds regular is a PL player playing in the Championship (not Hernandez)

By Dominic Toner

Former Leeds manager Steve Evans believes that Liam Bridcutt is a Premier League player that is plying his trade in the Championship.

The 27-year-old midfielder is one of the key players at Elland Road and has had a strong season following his permanent switch from Sunderland.

He enjoyed a loan spell with the Whites last season under Evans and is now thriving under the tenure of Garry Monk.

Bridcutt has made 23 appearances so far this campaign and captained the Yorkshire giants, but injuries have prevented his playing time.

Evans has highlighted the qualities of the central midfielder and feel that he should have been included in the Championship’s team of the season.

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“Liam Bridcutt is a Premier League player playing in the Championship,” Evans wrote in the Football League Paper. “He gets around the pitch, can make great passes, gives his team a defensive shield, makes great tackles, has enthusiasm in bundles and is inspirational in a great club having a wonderful season.

“It was my pleasure to sign him, initially on loan, at Elland Road last season and he was fantastic. In my opinion, he should have been chosen (in the team of the season).”

Bridcutt has just made 30 top flight appearances during his career, but Evans is adamant that the defensive midfielder is a quality player.

The Englishman has been fighting for a starting position this season alongside Eunan O’Kane, plus youngster Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.

Bridcutt has played an important role in Leeds’ push for promotion and will hope to return swiftly from his latest injury setback.

The Whites are likely to be in the play-offs at the end of the season and will need all the experience they can get.

In other Leeds news, the talkSPORT super computer has predicted the club’s end of season finish.

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