Neil Redfearn hails 'massive' influence of former Leeds United outcast Luke Murphy

The midfielder could not buy a game before Redfearn arrived on the scene.

Neil Redfearn has performed wonders at Leeds since taking over from Darko Milanic. Considering the lack of backing he has had in the transfer market, the turmoil behind the scenes and the bare bones options he has in the first-team he deserves plenty of credit.

One of the real success stories of his reign has been that of Luke Murphy. The former Crewe man looked to be on his way out of the Leeds team prior to Redfearn's appointment.

But he brought the outcast in from the cold and Murphy has been a key player in Leeds' revival post-Christmas.

Today, in his pre-Charlton press conference, Redfearn explained how pleased he has been with the performances of Murphy and the influence he has had on the first team at the club.

He is quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account as stating:

Murphy has been the lynchpin of a Leeds midfield that has contained youngsters such as Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt, meaning Murphy has had to show maturity beyond his years in the middle of the park.

He has done so with aplomb and is surely a contender for the club's player of the year award.

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