One of the most unfortunate Nottingham Forest players in recent seasons has been midfielder Liam Bridcutt. Despite possessing a fair amount of quality at Championship level he lost his way at the City Ground.

Aitor Karanka didn’t fancy him, Martin O’Neill didn’t even bother to have a look and then Sabri Lamouchi finally got him off the payroll to a certain extent by loaning him to Bolton Wanderers.

The luckless midfielder started life at the University of Bolton Stadium with aplomb. He featured in six back-to-back games for Keith Hill’s team before cruelly fracturing his collarbone – an injury that will keep him out for quite some time.

Liam Bridcutt of Nottingham Forest (Photo by Jon Hobley/ MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was Mark Warburton who signed him for Forest. He plucked the defensive performer from Leeds for £1 million (Nottinghamshire Live) and he would play 31 games for the club during the 2017/18 campaign.

Perhaps bizarrely had he still been around the City Ground, injuries to Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow might have opened the door for him to fight for a shirt back in the Forest team.

Forest have missed a certain type of player in the absence of their bulldozing duo and Bridcutt might have provided an element of midfield know-how alongside the impressive Ben Watson.

The Reds do have John Bostock and Brennan Johnson in reserve, whilst Ryan Yates made his comeback from an injury lay-off in the defeat to Hull.

Wise performer

None of those three boast quite as much experience as Bridcutt, however, and depending who you talk to, some might feel that the 30-year-old was wrongly disposed of.

Bridcutt’s latest injury hasn’t come at a good time and after all of last season spent pretty much kicking his heels away from the first-team he would have relished the chance to get his head down and play.

Liam Bridcutt of Nottingham Forest (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Bolton will surely be missing his experience in the middle of the park and perhaps Forest offloaded him too soon.

The man with two Scotland caps will hope to put himself in the shop window during his time at the Trotters. He is out of the contract at the end of the season and it seems likely that Forest will permanently wash their hands of him.

Given his contract status and the probability that he isn’t a disruptive influence behind the scenes at the club, there is a sense that Forest might have been better keeping him around the club.


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