Former Leeds United player Eddie Gray has explained in the Yorkshire Evening Post what’s been different about Luke Murphy in recent games.
Murphy is quickly turning himself into one of the most important players at the Championship club and Gray feels there are two aspects to his game, which explain his current form.
“Murphy has been getting on the ball and shown a lot of confidence and that’s good for him because the boy has had a bit of a lean spell at Leeds, so it is good to see him bounce back a bit,” wrote Gray for the paper.
The trick for the 25-year-old is now how he keeps his good run of form going.
He’ll be on a high after his goal against Bournemouth last night, which turned out to be the winner and boss Neil Redfearn will be keen to ensure he doesn’t get too carried away with his current form.
Redfearn can play on the difficulties he’s had since joining Leeds from Crewe as a reason for him to stay levelled and not take anything for granted.
Side are also going to start working him out and will find ways to mute his influence in big games.
It’s important when that happens that he manages to reinvent himself, finding ways to be effective under pressure over the rest of the season.
Gray believes his confidence is coming from his ability in possession and therefore, sides may look to try and be physical against him, as they try and knock him off the ball and intimidate him in key midfield areas.
Leeds showed what they were capable of last night against the team, which has managed to stay top of the table and Murphy stands a great chance of being at the heart of any success in the coming weeks.