Leeds United's £1m signing is a forgotten man, can Milanic save his career?

Elland Road pitchside

Luke Murphy is out of the picture at Leeds United, will he fare better under Darko Milanic?

When Luke Murphy was signed by Leeds United two summers ago, his arrival was touted as a coup.

After impressing in League One as captain for Crewe Alexandra, Leeds beat off a host of competition for the signature of the then 23-year-old.

Manager at the time Brian McDermott said: "Luke certainly fits the profile of player that we're looking to attract - he is young, hungry, wants to work hard and very obviously talented."

Since signing however it has not worked out for the central midfielder, who scored three times in 37 Championship games last season.

This campaign he has made four appearances in the division, which form a simple pattern - they were all under the management of Dave Hockaday.

The last time he featured was in the League Cup defeat to Bradford, Hockaday's last game as manager, with Murphy sent off after just 30 minutes for two yellow cards.

Hockaday said after the game: "It was irresponsible from Luke and he knows he didn't use his head - I cannot legislate for moments of madness."

He missed Neil Redfearn's opening game in charge through suspension, but has not played a single minute since, overlooked by the now former caretaker manager.

Redfearn has preferred to put his faith in young players like Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, while Souleymane Doukara is early on at least, proving himself as a more accomplished attacking midfielder than Murphy.

So the imminent appointment of Darko Milanic can give Murphy a fresh chance to prove himself and start from scratch. Forget the last few games he has missed, he needs to improve on the games in which he did play.

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyWon Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameMins Played
Souleymane Doukara Leeds 2 1 4 69% 0.6 0.4 321
Alex Mowatt Leeds 1 0 2 85% 1.5 1 180
Luke Murphy Leeds 0 0 6 74% 1.5 2 351

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