Could Luke Murphy's struggles hurt Leeds in Jackson Irvine pursuit?

Burton Albion's Luke Murphy applauds fans after the game

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Burton Albion midfielder Jackson Irvine.

According to a recent report from HITC Sport, Leeds are interested in a move for Burton midfielder Jackson Irvine as Thomas Christiansen looks to add goals to his midfield ahead of the new Championship season.

Irvine finished last season as the Brewers' top goalscorer, finding the back of the net 10 times in the league, so it is hardly a surprise that the 24-year-old is attracting the attention of the Whites.

Jackson Irvine celebrates scoring the second goal for Burton AlbionJackson Irvine

But could the struggles of a player set to be Irvine's teammate once again next season end up hurting Leeds slightly in their pursuit of the Australian?

Luke Murphy has spent the last four years on the Whites' books, but has never really fully realised his potential at Elland Road, and fell out of favour entirely under Garry Monk - subsequently being allowed to move to the Pirelli Stadium on loan during the January window.

Monk's departure may have given the midfielder fresh hope regarding his Leeds future, but Christiansen has come to the same conclusion regarding Murphy, and has allowed him to move back to Burton for the season.

So perhaps Murphy's situation could end up influencing Irvine if he is presented with the opportunity to make the switch to Leeds.

Leeds' Luke Murphy and Brighton's James WilsonLuke Murphy

Some loanees may perhaps be inclined to help out their parent club when a teammate is being linked with that team, but Murphy would surely be forgiven if he felt that he now has a greater allegiance to Burton with two Whites bosses deeming him surplus to requirements, and thus, he may be tempted to try and persuade Irvine to stay put if he gets the chance.

And with Murphy becoming Irvine's teammate once again, it will surely bring home to the former Celtic man just how many players are vying for a chance in the Leeds midfield - so that may leave him with plenty of thinking to do.

Of course, it would be extreme to suggest that Murphy's fortunes would put Irvine off a move on its own, but if the Leeds target is struggling to separate the options in front of him, perhaps it may be fair to suggest that it may just have an impact.

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