Murphy was brought to Leeds in a big money transfer last summer, but he has lost his way at Elland Road and his career is now in danger of stagnating.
Once tipped to be one of the best youngsters in the Football League, Murphy has slipped down the pecking order at Leeds and lost his place in the starting line-up.
He has not started a game, in any competition, since August and the best option may be to allow him to leave on loan to regain confidence.
It is likely that there would be no shortage of admirers across the lower divisions and a consistent run of first-team football away from the spotlight may be the best option for him.
Murphy's confidence cannot be high after a consistent run of poor form, as the scrutiny of his performances increases, but a loan move to a League One team could serve him well for the future.
He has already shown he can perform at that level in his younger days and a return there could return him to top form.
At 24-years-old, Murphy is no longer a youngster and there is a certain responsibility on him to step-up now.
However, the conditions do not seem right for him to do that, and if Leeds want to see a return on their investment then a temporary switch could be the ideal option for them.