Liam Bridcutt Injury – Assessing the Alternatives

Tayo Edun

Credit Graham Burrell

This suggestion might not float everyone’s boat after Bramall’s full debut, but anyone writing off the former Colchester man is making a mistake. I think there is a dedicated left-back in him, but he just needs time to adjust. Not all January signings settle quickly, but sadly this injury means they may have to. If losing Grant from attack isn’t an option, if Max Sanders isn’t quite there and yet we want to use the whole squad, then Tayo Edun could move into midfield.

Pros

We have seen him there already this season, he played the whole 90 minutes against Crewe in the Carabao Cup in the holding midfield role, and has appeared there since against Scunthorpe and Manchester City. He impressed me on his debut against Blackpool in a similar role last season too, and he feels midfield is his position. He’s proven over the past few months that he grows into a role, that he has a tremendous engine and that his passing and tackling is first-team quality.

Cons

Losing him from left-back would be a bit of a blow, he’s been superb these past few weeks, and it does increase the pressure on Bramall, or maybe Roughan, depending on who Michael turned to. Aside from that, I don’t feel there are a lot of cons to this decision. After Max Sanders, Tayo is the next natural choice for me. We know he’s combative, he has a superb engine and having played full back for the season he has that defensive awareness needed in the role, as well as the existing relationship with the back four.

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