Nottingham Forest announced the appointment of Martin O’Neill as Aitor Karanka’s successor on Tuesday, which should mean that every Reds player should now be starting off with a clean slate despite what may have happened previously.
One of those players will be midfielder Liam Bridcutt, who found himself heavily out of favour under the Spaniard and was surely looking likely to leave The City Ground before the January transfer window slammed shut prior to the 45-year-old’s departure.
The two-cap Scotland international looked as though he was going to be a key player for the east Midlands outfit when he signed from Leeds United in the summer of 2017, but things soon turned sour when Karanka took charge in January 2018.
The midfielder went from being a regular to barely featuring at all, although he did start three of their final five Championship fixtures last term.
It didn’t prove to be a turning point for the 29-year-old however as he found himself behind the likes of Adlene Guedioura, Jack Colback, Claudio Yacob and Ben Watson in the pecking order during the current campaign, with three of his four outings coming in the Carabao Cup, and his only league showing come as a last-minute substitute against Rotherham United in September.
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O’Neill may have plenty of midfield options, but with Guedioura, Yacob and Watson all getting no younger he should give Bridcutt the chance to prove that he can still have a long-term future with the Reds, and his battling mentality can prove to be a crucial ingredient in a division like the Championship.
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