Liam Bridcutt has departed Nottingham Forest in what is expected to be the first step towards a permanent exit being made from Trentside.

A short-term loan at Bolton, through to January, has been sanctioned for the 30-year-old midfielder.

That deal, which has been confirmed on the club’s official website, could be considered a perfect match for a player and club a little down on their luck.

Promise, on both counts, has not been fulfilled.

The price for those shortcomings is now being paid.

With the potential there for a serious rebuilding project to restore either to former glories.

Bolton face a long road back to where they once were.

The same applies to Bridcutt.

He is only three years on from being named club captain at Leeds United.

And two seasons out from joining Forest from the Whites in a £1 million deal.

Investment

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Much was expected at that stage.

Little return has been found on a seven-figure investment.

Bridcutt has moved on having taken in just 31 appearances for the Reds.

Breaking that down, he has cost £32,000 for each outing.

He managed only one goal – a consolation effort in a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff in April 2018 – and saw a grand total of 60 seconds of Championship action last season.

Frozen out is a mild way of describing his standing on Trentside in 2018-19.

His transformation from captain material to cast-off has now been completed.

Something would have to go drastically wrong at the City Ground in order for him to grace the famous Garibaldi again.

Given the abundance of midfield riches available to Sabri Lamouchi, a page has definitely been turned.

It is now up to Bridcutt to write the next chapter.

Ability

There is still a player of considerable ability there.

One who once enjoyed a billing as one of the top performers outside of the Premier League during a spell at Brighton, before then stepping up to the top tier in a multi-million transfer to Sunderland.

Things have unravelled quickly since making said move to Wearside.

Too many pecking orders have been slipped down at a rate of knots by a man who is so much better than he has been showing.

Whenever one of the regular changes in the dugout at Forest has been made in recent times, the question has always been asked: What about Bridcutt?

No clean slate has been presented by Aitor Karanka, Martin O’Neill or Lamouchi.

Which tells you that something is up.

Whatever the issue has been for Bridcutt, he now has the chance to right the wrongs and silence the doubters.

Bolton are in desperate need of inspiration.

Offer some over the coming weeks – potentially the remainder of the season – and it could be that Bridcutt finds himself back in the ‘wanted’, rather than ‘unwanted’, category by the time he hits free agency in July 2020.

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