Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has maintained that Liam Bridcutt is part of his plans for this season despite leaving him out for the win against Bolton.
The 28-year-old Bridcutt arrived at Elland Road last summer and served as club captain last season. He however was not present at the Macron Stadium this weekend after being informed that he was not part of the Whites squad for the match.
Due to the growing number of choices in central midfield which Christiansen has available to him, some have suggested that Bridcutt may not be part of the clubs future plans.
However when asked if the player has a role in the team for this season, Christiansen said, “Yes. I had a talk to him and of course he was disappointed that he wasn’t in the squad but I said to him that the season is long and he will have his time, his opportunity. This is a decision I took in that moment.
“He was the captain last season and he’s still a captain whether he’s in the 11 or the squad because I see him as a player that the other players respect.
“He has the right character or shows the right character in training and on and off the pitch. That will remain the same and I’m happy to have him here.”