Leeds United’s Luke Murphy bête noire for fans who often criticise him for supposedly inconsistent displays and harry him with calls of him not being worthy of his £1m price tag.
Murphy himself has taken a substantial pay cut to stay with Leeds a further four years, something he did when signing a new contract in July 2015.
Still the accusations are hurled, the ‘inconsistency argument’ being the one that is most often levelled at the former Crewe player and £1m marquee signing from the GFH Capital term of office as owners of Leeds United.
However, his performances have improved over the last series of games that he has featured in, something that Leeds head coach tips a wink to in his post-match interview on the BBC website after yesterday’s 3-2 victory over Reading.
Evans said of Murhpy’s input yesterday: “We’ve said to Luke Murphy that he won’t get into the team just passing – he has to be courageous and make tackles. In the last month you’ve seen him be as good as anyone in both departments. He’s a real stalwart of the team and we were able to get fresh legs on around him.”
Murhpy’s stats from yesterday’s 3-2 victory over Reading
- 4.5% of the possession
- 36 pass attempts (including 1 key pass) with 74% passing accuracy
- 1 dribble
- 6 tackles
- 4 interceptions
- 5 defensive clearances
- 2 defensive blocks
Luke Murphy’s performance definitely caught the eye of some Leeds United fans who took to Twitter to comment on what they saw.
Leeds fans react on Twitter to Luke Murphy vs Reading.
Whites fan Paul is simply happy at the result and Murphy’s input to it.
Great #lufc result and Murphy and Wood edged it for me. Enjoyable drive home 👍
— Paul Johnson (@topman7330) April 16, 2016
This Leeds fan mentions that Murphy bossed not only his own game but influenced that of those around him.
Murphy MOTM today by far, ironic McDermott's only real signing ran the game #lufc
— CJ (@BazingaCJ) April 16, 2016
Dean thinks that Murphy had a beyond decent game today.
Murphy had a good game today #lufc
— Dean Brook (@D_Brook62) April 16, 2016
But Leeds fan Chloe went a step further, for her ‘good’ was not good enough as Murphy was better than that.
— Chloe G (@ChloeG91) April 16, 2016
With Wood getting the Man-of-theMatch award, this Leeds fan thinks Murphy should have been given that accolade.
Just about deserved that win I'd say, Luke Murphy my man of the match #lufc
— Simon Barter (@smarcbarter) April 16, 2016
Whites fan Peter was quite effusive in his praise for Luke Murphy’s performance yesterday.