Why Luke Murphy could benefit from Liam Bridcutt's delayed transfer to Leeds United

Liam Bridcutt is expected to sign for Leeds United on loan from Sunderland.

With Leeds United's signing of Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland being delayed, according to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, it could provide Luke Murphy with a final chance to impress.

Murphy was brought in from the cold last season, and started to show exactly why he was acquired by the club back in 2013.

In his best spell at Elland Road, Murphy proved his class and was rewarded with a new contract for his good form.

However, the central midfielder has been off the pace this term, and he looks to be one of the most likely candidates to be replaced by Bridcutt, once the Sunderland midfielder arrives.

Murphy has played in all of the matches Steve Evans has taken charge of at Leeds so far, but he has failed to stamp his authority on fixtures, and his place in the team looks to be under serious threat.

Murphy will now have to show that he can respond to that pressure against Cardiff City, with all eyes likely to be on his performance. 

Bridcutt’s delay gives Murphy another opportunity to impress, and it could be crucial to his future at Elland Road that he puts in a productive performance.

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