LUFC Pictures (@LUFCPictures) January 20, 2015
A strong performance from the 25-year-old is no new development for Leeds United. At the weekend against Birmingham City, Murphy was instrumental during a 1-1 draw.
But, last night, the midfielder taught Leeds fans (and perhaps his team-mates too) that his recent showings are no one-offs. Murphy was brilliant against Bournemouth, winning more tackles than any other Leeds player, taking more touches than any of his team-mates and, crucially, scoring a superb winner for his side.
Like Murphy, striker Morison has returned to the first-team fold under Neil Redfearn after falling right down the pecking order. And, based on his displays earlier this season, the 31-year-old certainly deserved to be dropped.
Since being restored to the starting line-up, however, Morison has defied the odds - and his critics. His influence up top both on and off the ball has been impressive and he even had the Elland Road faithful singing his name against Bournemouth.
Wootton's case is no different to that of Murphy and Morison's - except for one detail. Indeed, the defender was loaned out to Rotherham earlier this term, showing that Leeds were intent enough on surviving in the Championship without him to let him leave Redfearn's squad completely.
Wootton has been brought back, however, and - after faring well against Birmingham - the full-back was again solid against Bournemouth. The 23-year-old now has a good chance of deputising for the suspended Giuseppe Bellusci in Leeds' next clash, away at Huddersfield on January 31st.