Leeds United manager Uwe Rosler explained to Radio Yorkshire the approach he’s taking with midfielder Luke Murphy.
Murphy has found his chances confined to coming off of the bench so far this season and Rosler has explained he’s taking a soft and careful approach as he looks to nurse the player back to a position of full fitness.
“He’s just played his first minutes since pre-season and I think he’s still lacking a bit of match fitness, but we may come into a situation where we have to give him match minutes to get him fit for our league games so it’s not ideal but sometimes we need to be creative and improvise,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
The risk Rosler is avoiding
Murphy definitely has talent and definitely has a role to play for Leeds this season so it’s going to be tempting for the manager to start him.
However, with Leeds boasting strength in central midfield roles, there’s no point in the manager taking that approach to the current situation.
If he’s a bit behind others in terms of his general fitness levels, then throwing him into the side risks an injury developing as he gets fatigued quicker than some of his Leeds teammates.
Slowly but surely, he will get to a point where he’s ready to start and then he can focus on putting the current starters in central midfield under some real pressure.
Murphy’s time will come but for now, there’s no point in making a risky decision which could see him unavailable for an extended period of time.