Paul Raynor discusses Leeds United midfielder Luke Murphy's current position at the club

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The midfielder has not featured in the last two games for Leeds.

Luke Murphy's performance in the second half of last season was one of the better tales of Leeds United's 2014-15 campaign.

Discarded by Darko Milanic he came back into the fold under Neil Redfearn and thrived in the Leeds midfield.

However this season has been more of a toil for the player and the recent arrivals of Toumani Diagouraga and Liam Bridcutt has left Murhpy struggling for football, with his form not up to scratch.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds yesterday the club's assistant manager Paul Raynor discussed Murphy's current position at the club and made it clear he can get back into the fold:

"You have got to keep his spirits up. You've got to keep telling him he is very much part of the plans. He's still a good player, he is still in our thoughts.

"If he trains well and applies himself in training then his opportunity will come.

"I think we have shown that once players get in the team then they stay in the team, it is as simple as that.

"Bar the one tactical change here and there if players perform week-in week-out they'll play week-in week-out.

"Luke's got to understand that we've brought in two talented midfield players and he is going to have to fight for his place. Knowing Luke as a character he is trying to do that. I must admit he has trained very well this week."

Murphy has not featured in Leeds' last two fixtures, the win against Bolton Wanderers and last weeks defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Competition in the middle of the park is also set to become even more difficult for Murphy - with young talent Alex Mowatt all set to return to first-team football in the coming week.

Murphy managed to fight his back from the Leeds United cold last season but it will be tougher to do so this campaign considering the competition in his path.

But his improvement in form would be a big boost for Leeds for the rest of the season.

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