Controversially axed former Leeds United assistant Steve Thompson comments on Luke Murphy and Sol Bamba impacts

The two came to the fore under Neil Redfearn and Steve Thompson.

Things are looking reasonably balanced at Leeds United at present, but last season was a completely different story. One casualty of the circus at Leeds last term was Steve Thompson. The former Leeds assistant was suspended for no reason in April, despite having a positive impact on the first-team.

A personal friend of then manager Neil Redfearn, it was a shock move from the powers at be at Leeds.

During their time together at Leeds Redders and Thommo came to make some big decisions.

They brought in Luke Murphy from the cold after Darko Milanic had sent him to the sidelines.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds yesterday (06/02/2016) he spoke about the decision to bring in Murphy from the cold:

"Murphs wasn't in the squad when I got there. I remember watching him in an under-21 game and thought 'wow, he is a good player. He deserves to be round about the first-team."

Murphy thrived after that - scoring three times not long after his return and becoming a regular in the Leeds first-team again.

They also brought in Sol Bamba from Palermo - a player with plenty of experience in the English game.

He went on to be named club captain and became a spokesman in the dressing room. Thompson said of the Ivorian's arrival:

"We bought Sol in who was a good one. Good round the place, good talker, good organiser. One of your main men, we made him captain."

These were two excellent moves from the former managerial team and the pair are now two of the more experienced players in the Leeds team, although their current form has not been up to scratch.

Leeds fans would like to see the Murphy and Bamba of the Redfearn-Thompson era for the rest of the season.

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