Leeds boss Steve Evans says Luke Murphy in contention to start against Huddersfield

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Leeds boss refuses to state who his first choice central midfield duo is.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told TV Yorkshire that Luke Murphy is in contention to start this weekend against Hudderfield Town.

Murphy was a surprise starter in the win over Cardiff City a week ago, only to drop back down to the bench in the following game against Blackburn Rovers.

Evans was asked if his first choice central midfield pairing was set in stone as loanee Liam Bridcutt and Toumani Diagouraga, but refused to say so, talking up Murphy as an alternative.

He said: "Luke Murphy played a big part down at Cardiff and only came out the team because I thought he looked a bit tired, which was to be expected after being out the team since January.

"So I think those three players are battling principally for two positions and each of them could lay claim to starting.

"Evans is notoriously secretive regarding his team selections, but Murphy did not let the team down at Cardiff, and showed that he merits consideration for a starting role."

Murphy's return to favour could also inspire other members of the squad. Tom Adeyemi is struggling for opportunities, and youngster Kalvin Phillips even more so.

Further selection dilemmas arise if Leeds choose to play two wingers, and are left choosing between either Lewis Cook or Alex Mowatt for an attacking spot.

If Evans wishes to play both, then Cook would end up joining the battle with Bridcutt, Diagouraga and Murphy, in a role which may fans and observers believe is his best position.

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