Liam Bridcutt has revealed to Chronicle Live that he would happily consider a permanent return to former club Brighton & Hove Albion. The midfielder is planning for life away from Sunderland next season, and recently said he would move to Leeds United, where he is currently on loan, if the circumstances were right.
The 26-year-old quickly fell out of favour once Sam Allardyce came to the Stadium of Light, although he had struggled for regular first-team football in the months prior to that as well. He says a move back to Brighton certainly would interest him.
The combative holding midfielder said earlier this week that would be open to a permanent move to Elland Road. He was the number one transfer target once Steve Evans was brought to the club by Massimo Cellino earlier this season. He eventually signed on loan and extended that deal until the end of the season. On Monday, Bridcutt had a very unhappy return to the Amex Stadium, as Leeds went down to a crushing 4-0 defeat.
Nevertheless, Bridcutt only has fond memories of his time with the Seagulls, insisting that was where he played his best football in his career so far,
“It was probably my best period in football.
“That was my opportunity to properly showcase what I could do and I had brilliant times there.
“I know the place well and I’d call it home. My first child was born there and it’s where my family started. It’s where my career really started and it’s a club where, if there was the right opportunity to go back at some stage, I definitely would.
“They hit a bit of a rocky patch after losing Guy (Poyet, to Sunderland) but, like most clubs, it happens. They seem to have got their stability back. I’m happy to see that.”
Although Bridcutt would entertain a move back to Brighton, it wouldn’t be straightforward for him to walk straight into the team. Dale Stephens and Beram Kayal have made the central midfield berth their own this season. Steve Sidwell, who possesses plenty of Premier League experience, joined on loan but has mainly been restricted to brief substitute appearances. Still, Bridcutt would entertain a return. That isn’t to say he will go back next season, but his future will certainly be up in the air this summer.