When it was announced shortly before the Rotherham game that Liam Bridcutt would take on the captain’s armband for Bolton, it’s safe to say that a few eyebrows were raised.
However, after the Rotherham and Oxford fixtures, Keith Hill’s decision to sign and give the captaincy to Liam Bridcutt looks like an absolute masterstroke.
Liam Bridcutt has quickly become a central figure in the Wanderers line up and his presence could be crucial for Bolton this season.
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Against Oxford, Bridcutt was a cut above every other player on the pitch.
Not only did he cover almost every blade of grass on the pitch but he was also rock-solid in his defensive midfield role, looked to boss the tempo of the match when on the ball and was full of communication with his teammates that helped keep Wanderers’ clean sheet intact.
Apart from maybe the Belgian trickster Thibaud Verlinden, Bridcutt was certainly the most eye-catching player out on the pitch.
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It’s not hard to see why Bridcutt has made such an impact at Bolton as the 30-year-old midfielder has plenty of experience of not only the Championship but the Premier League as well.
Unfortunately for Keith Hill’s side, Bridcutt is only on loan from Nottingham Forest until January. After what we’ve seen in just two games, hopefully that loan can be extended before too long as it would be a huge shame to lose the new captain.
Up next for Bolton and Bridcutt is the visit of the midfielder’s former club Sunderland to the Uni Bol where the Scottish international had two years of Premier League football before moving to Leeds in 2015/16. Hopefully, we can see Bridcutt come back to haunt his former club.