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Leeds assistant hails 25-year-old star who has 'great potential'

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Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy has been in fine form over recent matches.

Leeds United assistant head coach Steve Thompson has suggested to the Whites' official site that he played a role in helping Luke Murphy's resurgence over recent weeks.

Murphy's Leeds career appeared to be heading towards an end, with the Yorkshire Evening Post suggesting that he could be loaned out before the January transfer window.

However, the central midfielder has forced his way back into Neil Redfearn's starting line-up with his performances over recent weeks and Thompson says that his discussions with the 25-year-old helped.

"I try and keep as many problems away from Redders as I can, that’s what a number two does," he said. "I work on players. I’ve said that to the lads – I’ll stay all afternoon.

"Murph was one – I’ve always rated him. He listens, he’s got great potential and he’s getting his rewards now for hard work."

It shows the team effort that is currently going on at Leeds and it appears to be working to a positive effect, with the Yorkshire outfit having lost just once since the turn of the year.

Murphy's form has been a major reason behind this up-turn in results, with the England youth international finally starting to show why Leeds brought him to Elland Road as a highly-rated youngster back in 2013.

The former Crewe Alexandra star has driven the side onwards with his performances in the centre of the pitch and his return of three goals in six appearances is reward for his fine showings.

Murphy's task now is to maintain these standards and with a management team which has already placed so much time and faith in his development, it seems that he will have every chance to do that.

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