Noel Whelan praises the quality that Luke Murphy brings to Leeds United

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The midfielder has been in good form recently.

Leeds United drew 1-1 with QPR yesterday evening, after Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci gave away a late penalty to cost Leeds the win.

Leeds had taken the lead in the second half after close range finish from striker Chris Wood.

The Kiwi striker score his first goal of 2016 after a cross from midfielder Luke Murphy, who impressed once again.

Murphy has been in and out of the Leeds first-team in recent months but played well against Rotherham United at the weekend and played well once again yesterday evening.

Speaking post-match on BBC Radio Leeds former Leeds striker Noel Whelan spoke about the performance of Murphy and was clearly impressed by what he saw:

“I thought he did quite well tonight. I think he justified his (place in) the starting line-up this evening.

“He’s always wanting the ball, he put himself about, looks to dictate the play.

“He was the one who came up with that one little bit of quality that has opened up the QPR defence and allowed Chris Wood to get in and put Leeds United 1-0 up.”

The former Crewe Alexandra player has struggled to keep his first-team place in recent times but has been working hard to get back in the Leeds fold.

His two most recent performances have however served a gentle reminder to Leeds manager Steve Evans of his talents.

Competition is rife in the centre of Leeds’ midfield, with the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Toumani Diagouraga, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt all competing for three places in the Leeds midfield.

Murphy might just have booked his place in the team for the rest of the current campaign.

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