New Leeds signing Liam Bridcutt outperformed every Luke Murphy display this season in key area

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Liam Bridcutt showed promising signs in his first performance for Leeds United.

Liam Bridcutt slotted straight into the Leeds United starting line-up at the weekend, days after he sealed his loan move from Sunderland.

He played all 90 minutes as Leeds slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at QPR, replacing Luke Murphy in the side.

While he could not do enough to single handedly help Leeds to at least a point, the 26-year-old showed encouraging signs with his display.

The most notable was his ball winning ability, which helped ensure the home side only narrowly edged the possession, with 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

He won the ball back 14 times for Leeds - more times than Luke Murphy has done in any game this season.

  MatchBall RecoveriesMins Played
Liam Bridcutt QPR vs Leeds 12 90
Luke Murphy Leeds vs Cardiff 8 90
Luke Murphy MK Dons vs Leeds 8 90
Luke Murphy Leeds vs Birmingham 6 90
Luke Murphy Leeds vs Blackburn 5 90
Luke Murphy Leeds vs Rotherham 4 67

Of the nine games not listed above in which he has played, Murphy has recovered the ball on three occasions or less.

After turning his form around last season and winning a new contract at the club, Murphy has been a disappointment for Leeds this campaign.

He now faces a real challenge to win back his place in midfield to play alongside Lewis Cook, but given that Bridcutt is a player head coach Steve Evans personally insisted on signing, the Sunderland owned midfielder could be tough to dislodge from the side, and his opening display offers hope that he could be a useful addition. 

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