The transfer window has been slow up and down the country so far but the first movement at Leeds United came today with midfielder Luke Murphy departing to join fellow Championship club Burton Albion on loan. He has joined until the end of the season when he will probably leave Leeds for good.
Murphy has played an important role in the last few years make no mistake. The thing is that under Garry Monk and his recruitment we have moved on from certain players and what they can offer and Murphy is one of them. With Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane arriving and the emergence of Ronaldo Vieira and resurgence of Kalvin Phillips competition is strong and Murphy, along with others have been victims of the overhaul.
Murphy was actually a favourite at Leeds after taking a significant pay cut in order to remain at the club. His ability on the ball was very good but he was liable to drift in and out of games and go missing for two or three games at a time. I think everyone at the club including fans will wish him nothing but the best of luck. I certainly do and I hope his career gets back on track with this move.
Toumani Diagouraga and Ross Turnbull are also expected to leave the club in the coming weeks. I have added a clip of Luke Murphy scoring a screamer at home to Bournemouth to kick-start our move up the table a couple of years ago. He was key in the survival under Neil Redfearn that year. (Look at how empty the South Stand is, how times have changed for the better).