Two key areas in which Luke Murphy was outstanding v Bournemouth

The Leeds star was sensational once again for Neil Redfearn's side. It is becoming a habit...

Luke Murphy's resurgence continues.

At the weekend, the 25-year-old scored Leeds United's only goal as Neil Redfearn's men secured a draw against Birmingham City.

Last night, the Yorkshire side went one better at Elland Road, as Murphy did the business once again - only for Leeds to take all three points. And against the Championship leaders in Bournemouth, no less.

Midfielder Murphy's strike was stunning in nature - but that wasn't his only contribution on a night Leeds' performance levels finally secured the result they deserved.

  Tackles WonTouchesMinutes Played
Luke Murphy 5 66 90
Giuseppe Bellusci 3 36 86
Liam Cooper 2 31 90
Sam Byram 1 58 90
Lewis Cook 1 55 90
Scott Wootton 0 61 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, the 25-year-old was a rock in midfield. And, statistically, Murphy was Leeds' top performer in two key areas.

Firstly, the midfielder won more tackles than any of his team-mates (five), providing a steel the Elland Road outfit had been missing badly before he returned to the first team.

Secondly, Murphy took more touches of the ball than any other Leeds star, showing the extent to which he was involved every time Redfearn's side were in possession.

Where next for Murphy? The sky looks the limit. If he can keep producing like this for the Yorkshire side, he'll soon be the first name on the teamsheet... if he isn't already.

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