Does a larger role beckon for Luke Murphy at Leeds United this season?
Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn
The sale of Lewis Cook has created a void which needs filling at Leeds United, and former boss Neil Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire this week he was not convinced with the signings so far.
Talking about the need for an experienced player to sit alongside Toumani Diagouraga in central midfield, Redfearn said:
"Apart from Matt Grimes who had a loan spell at Blackburn, there is not much Championship experience.
"They do need a physical presence alongside Diagouraga in midfield. Cook's gone, they will miss his athleticism and drive, they need somebody in there to protect the back four and supply wide players."
Luke Murphy of Leeds United (R) and Aron Gunnarsson of Cardiff City in action
One option Redfearn did not mention, is that Leeds simply provide an enlarged role for Luke Murphy, a player he previously managed at Elland Road.
Murphy has 103 appearances in the Championship for Leeds, playing under a variety of different managers in different systems.
He was made captain by Garry Monk for their opening friendly match, indicating the former Swansea boss values him highly.
Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga
Murphy is capable of more than simply sitting in front of the defence, and partnering Diagouraga, he could allow the former Brentford midfielder to fulfil that role.
With Matt Grimes on loan and youngster Kalvin Phillips in the mix too, Leeds have options in the centre, although perhaps not as many as they would like.
Yet with Diagouraga and Murphy, the pair have 205 midfield appearances in the Championship combined, suggesting a lack of experience is not what is missing at Leeds.
It can certainly be argued they need a new face, but they have the experienced midfielder box ticked, and can reinvest the money in a young player, around 22 or 23, who could take his career to the next level at Elland Road.
Burnley's Joey Barton is fouled by Leeds United's Luke Murphy