Liam Bridcutt in squad for Sunderland-Newcastle Utd derby

Liam Bridcutt tries out his new strip
Liam Bridcutt tries out his new strip

GUS POYET insists he will have no hesitation in handing new Sunderland signing Liam Bridcutt a baptism of fire in tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Bridcutt today completed his £2.5million move to the Stadium of Light after a month-long pursuit of the defensive midfielder, who worked under Poyet at Brighton.

The 24-year-old is in the squad to face Newcastle United at St James’s Park tomorrow and Black Cats boss Poyet is prepared to include the Scotland international in his starting XI, with Lee Cattermole ruled out through injury, regardless of whether he joins Stoke City or not.

Poyet said today: “Liam has one advantage compared with the rest of the squad, he knows us very well, knows how we play and understands the role perfectly.

“The only thing that can go against him is bad form.

“But if I go with Liam in the team, I’m very relaxed because I know what he can do. He knows the role and does it confidently.

“When you consider the price for him and how much we wanted him, he’s British, he’s young and I think it was a bargain for us.

“He is registered on time and he is in the squad for tomorrow. I’ve got no problems to play him.”

Aside from Cattermole, Steven Fletcher is Poyet’s only other injury worry for tomorrow’s game, with the Scottish striker still struggling with an Achilles problem.