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5 chances created, 75 touches - Is Luke Murphy earning himself a Leeds future?

The 25-year-old was Leeds' saviour against Birmingham. What of his long-term future at Elland Road?

There was a time this season when Luke Murphy was nowhere near the Leeds United first team.

That time, in fact, was most of the current Championship campaign.

But Leeds boss Neil Redfearn has brought the midfielder right back into the fold of late - and Murphy has been rewarding him with some immaculate displays.

His performance against Birmingham City yesterday was the pinnacle (so far) with the 25-year-old netting a late equaliser to salvage a draw for Leeds at Elland Road.

That wasn't the be all and end all of his performance, however...

  Chances CreatedAccurate PassesAccurate CrossesTackles WonInterceptions WonTouchesMinutes Played
Luke Murphy 5 44 3 2 2 75 90
Lewis Cook 3 23 1 1 1 40 78
Steve Morison 3 13 0 1 0 40 90
Scott Wootton 2 37 1 0 1 78 90
Rodolph Austin 1 41 0 2 3 69 90
Charlie Taylor 1 23 3 1 4 55 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, Murphy was the Yorkshire side's star in several key areas against Birmingham.

No one completed more passes than the midfielder and no one created more chances. Murphy also won two tackles, two interceptions and took 75 touches of the ball (only right-back Scott Wootton took more).

So is the 25-year-old earning himself a long-term future within the Leeds first team with his performances?

With Redfearn watching his players closely this January, Murphy's displays are no doubt sending the 49-year-old a strong message.

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