Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bridcutt: Fans Have Not Seen Best of Me

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bridcutt: Fans Have Not Seen Best of Me

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer

LIAM Bridcutt insists Sunderland fans have yet to see the best of him after a tough introduction to life in the Premier League.

Black Cats' boss Gus Poyet went back to his former club Brighton to bring the midfielder to Wearside in a PS3m deal in January.

However, the 25-year-old struggled to pin down a regular starting spot when he arrived, although he can cite mitigating circumstances.

He spent a spell out through injury while at Brighton and was then left out of the side in January when a move to Sunderland was mooted.

He was in and out of the Wearsiders' team as Poyet tinkered with his side, and then spent several weeks on the sidelines following the difficult birth of his son - with Lee Cattermole's form by then making him an automatic choice.

The season has been over for only a fortnight, but already Bridcutt is looking forward to the new campaign - and the chance to show the Sunderland fans what he can do.

He said: "Without a doubt, I still need to show my best form here.

"The season was hard for me.

"Even going back to when I was at Brighton, it was difficult because I was coming back from injury.

"Then it was stop-start when I got here with the cup runs, not being in the team and a lot happened off the pitch with my family.

"It has tested me and I have come through it.

"Now I am just looking forward to next season.

"With the games I have played, I have done well but I know I can do better.

"With a good pre-season, with all the lads and Gus, I want to be flying next season."

Meanwhile, Bridcutt's teammate Emanuele Giaccherini has spoken of his disappointment at missing out on Italy's World Cup squad.

Midfielder Giaccherini cost the Black Cats PS6.5m when he arrived from Italian giants Juventus last summer, but failed to pin down a regular place in the starting XI in his first season on Wearside.

Despite being an integral part of Cesare Prandelli's Italy side during World Cup qualification, his lack of action on Wearside was one of the factors which saw him left out of the final squad for this summer's tournament in Brazil. …

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