Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v A Villa

Saturday, 14 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 1 S'land

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Bridcutt eager to impress

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt says he is eager to impress next season after a mixed start to life at the Stadium of Light.

Last Updated: 23/06/14 at 13:05 Post Comment

Liam Bridcutt: Looking forward to a fresh start in the new season

Liam Bridcutt: Looking forward to a fresh start in the new season

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 25-year-old, who joined from Brighton on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January, featured 12 times in the Premier League following his switch as Sunderland secured their top-flight status.

However, after making his debut in the 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle, some of Bridcutt’s displays came under question as he failed to be on the winning side in his following seven games.

Bridcutt briefly found himself out of the team before returning to action in Sunderland’s final four matches of the campaign, and he is now excited by the prospect of a fresh start this summer.

"With a lot of players out of contract this summer, you obviously expect there’s going to be a lot of people coming in and out of the club over the summer. And I’m looking forward to it," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"I’m looking forward to next season so I can get a fresh start and go again.

"Last season, my season was stop and go, I was injured, I was left out of the side before the transfer and then I had to step up a level and come into a struggling side.

"As well as that, a lot happened off the pitch with my family soon after I arrived. So, without a doubt, I’m looking forward to pre-season.

"In pre-season, I’ll be able to get all the preparation right, hopefully, and we’ll work on how everyone fits into the side rather than having to adjust every week because we’re struggling and working to get must-win results."

Bridcutt was also full of praise for fellow midfielder Lee Cattermole and insists that the pair can line up alongside each other.

"I really rate him as a player and there are things I can learn from him, but, at the same time, I think we’ve shown there’s no reason why we can’t play in the same team together," he said.

"And I’m really keen to show next season that I have something to contribute in the Premier League.

"Given the circumstances, I’m pleased with the way I adjusted to stepping up to the Premier League, but I’m sure I can be a lot better next season and so can Sunderland."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m not sure about this distance covered malarky, plus that stat comes with *since February attached to it, that's just 1 month. I mean I have 27 open cases I'm 'working on' at the moment but believe me others with 10 cases work harder than I do. I just got back from a pub lunch, scampi and chips (+4 pints) in case you were wondering.

hurler
Wenger defends Ozil

C

isse should have appealed and explained that it was just a retaliation, just like Matic did. Apparently the FA are ok with retaliation.

Triangler
Cisse accepts FA charge

L

ove this guy. He's one of the few surviving players that I remember so vividly from Football Italia and Gazetta on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

HarryBoulton
Francesco Totti - The King Of Rome

Footer 365

Mesut Ozil defended by Arsene Wenger after Paul Scholes criticism

Arsene Wenger claims Paul Scholes "would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil".

Football Association names Martin Glenn as its new chief executive

The Football Association has named Martin Glenn as its new chief executive.

Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista out for up to three weeks with hamstring injury

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal defender Gabriel has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Mail Box

Why All The Hate For Robin Van Persie?

One Mailboxer can't work out why everyone is having a pop at Robin van Persie. Plus FA Cup anticipation, changing relegation, a Friday song and more Totti love...

Is Sissoko's Neck Very Distinctive?

Moussa Sissoko features in a really quite bizarre Distinctive Physical Features XI while we have mails on sexism, Angel Di Maria and Francesco Totti. Ramdom.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company