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Poyet hails Bridcutt as the best

The Argus: Liam Bridcutt is set to make his 100th appearance for Albion on Saturday Liam Bridcutt is set to make his 100th appearance for Albion on Saturday

Albion boss Gus Poyet has hailed the remarkable progress made by Albion’s master protector Liam Bridcutt.

Bridcutt makes his 100th League appearance for the Seagulls at Birmingham on Saturday with Poyet singing his praises as the best defensive midfielder in the Championship.

The 23-year-old ex-Chelsea prospect has become vital for Albion since upstaging retired former Bulgaria international Radostin Kishishev and establishing himself as a regular.

Poyet said: “He has got the ability to pass the ball and know when to play forward, when to keep it, when to do things on the ball. The improvement in the last two years defensively is incredible and now he is a key member of our squad and the way we play.

“It was difficult for him to start with, because it was him or Kishishev. We talked to them about that position and the way we play and then Liam went to another level.

“He realised that defensive position we needed to help us defend better and it got to the point where he was the player who recovered most balls for us, he is the player who understands who needs help, when to cover and when to help a fullback or centre half.

“He is always in the right position. There are not many players who understand the game like Liam does. He is the type of player you want, because you know what you get.”

The Albion players report back for training today with Craig Mackail-Smith on course to be available to face Birmingham after sitting out Saturday's 2-1 home victory against Derby because of hamstring tightness.

Poyet said: “Macca was 50-50. He didn’t train until Thursday and on Thursday he didn’t train very well, he knows that.

“He was still feeling it, then on Friday he pushed himself for 25-30 minutes of a very good session. I thought he was ready, then it was the other side of the leg.

“We checked him at 11 o’clock in the morning and together decided not to play him. The hamstring was very tight, to a point that it was a risk which we didn’t need to take, having the whole squad and so many games to play in the next few weeks. If it was a (cup) final he would have played!”

Birmingham face Leeds in their FA Cup third round replay at St Andrews tonight for the right to host Spurs in round four.

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9:52am Tue 15 Jan 13

MHubbs says...

I couldn't agree more Gus, which is why getting him to stay at the club for the foreseeable future would be better than any new signing we could make in January.

Without him, our passing would soon break down as he is the constant link from the back four to the midfield. This along with his ability to read the game and break up plays makes him invaluable.
I couldn't agree more Gus, which is why getting him to stay at the club for the foreseeable future would be better than any new signing we could make in January. Without him, our passing would soon break down as he is the constant link from the back four to the midfield. This along with his ability to read the game and break up plays makes him invaluable. MHubbs
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10:01am Tue 15 Jan 13

Alan G Skinner says...

Bridcutt must be offered a long term contract which is too good to refuse. The clubs football ethos, its identity is based around what Bridcutt does on the field of play. He cannot be replaced.
Bridcutt must be offered a long term contract which is too good to refuse. The clubs football ethos, its identity is based around what Bridcutt does on the field of play. He cannot be replaced. Alan G Skinner
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10:19am Tue 15 Jan 13

dave from bexill says...

Alan G Skinner wrote:
Bridcutt must be offered a long term contract which is too good to refuse. The clubs football ethos, its identity is based around what Bridcutt does on the field of play. He cannot be replaced.
Absolutely agree. The catalyst for our future success.
Also, nice positive thoughts by Gus about CMS. These players are so important to our club.
[quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: Bridcutt must be offered a long term contract which is too good to refuse. The clubs football ethos, its identity is based around what Bridcutt does on the field of play. He cannot be replaced.[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. The catalyst for our future success. Also, nice positive thoughts by Gus about CMS. These players are so important to our club. dave from bexill
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11:32am Tue 15 Jan 13

falmer seagull says...

New contract now, should have been dealt with before the transfer window opened!
New contract now, should have been dealt with before the transfer window opened! falmer seagull
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11:42am Tue 15 Jan 13

WestStander17 says...

He should be given a contract longer than Alan Pardew's at Newcastle!!!
He should be given a contract longer than Alan Pardew's at Newcastle!!! WestStander17
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12:11pm Tue 15 Jan 13

championshipgull says...

Another remarkable Gus signing recruited for nothing on sensible wages.
Loved his double turn to leave Derby mesmerized
Youtube clip for people without Seagull player.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=OU_Azcno_
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Another remarkable Gus signing recruited for nothing on sensible wages. Loved his double turn to leave Derby mesmerized Youtube clip for people without Seagull player. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=OU_Azcno_ wk championshipgull
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1:42pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Eddy B says...

Agree with all. He is that Batty/Makelele/Bremn
er figure most successful footballing teams need who allows the flair around him to flourish. Although the writer of this piece disagrees http://www.wsc.co.uk
/wsc-daily/1007-Marc
h-2011/6667-midfield
-enforcers-are-not-t
he-key-to-success
Agree with all. He is that Batty/Makelele/Bremn er figure most successful footballing teams need who allows the flair around him to flourish. Although the writer of this piece disagrees http://www.wsc.co.uk /wsc-daily/1007-Marc h-2011/6667-midfield -enforcers-are-not-t he-key-to-success Eddy B
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8:15pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Falmer Wizard says...

Agreed he is a vital member of the team,unfortunately Premiership managers must be queuing to sign him for next season.
Agreed he is a vital member of the team,unfortunately Premiership managers must be queuing to sign him for next season. Falmer Wizard
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9:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Baldseagull says...

Eddy B wrote:
Agree with all. He is that Batty/Makelele/Bremn

er figure most successful footballing teams need who allows the flair around him to flourish. Although the writer of this piece disagrees http://www.wsc.co.uk

/wsc-daily/1007-Marc

h-2011/6667-midfield

-enforcers-are-not-t

he-key-to-success
I read the piece and think he is describing a slightly different type of defensive midfielder to Bridcutt, and I agree with the writer.
[quote][p][bold]Eddy B[/bold] wrote: Agree with all. He is that Batty/Makelele/Bremn er figure most successful footballing teams need who allows the flair around him to flourish. Although the writer of this piece disagrees http://www.wsc.co.uk /wsc-daily/1007-Marc h-2011/6667-midfield -enforcers-are-not-t he-key-to-success[/p][/quote]I read the piece and think he is describing a slightly different type of defensive midfielder to Bridcutt, and I agree with the writer. Baldseagull
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