Leeds United continued their demise on Friday night, as Aston Villa defeated them 1-0 in a game in which the promotion chasers were rarely threatened. Leeds again struggled to get any control over the game and continue their plummet down the Championship table.
Then, on Saturday, Leeds saw one of their own score a great goal in the Championship for Burton Albion. Luke Murphy is coming toward the end of his season-long loan at the Pirelli Stadium. On Saturday, he weaved his way into the Derby County box, before slotting home a left-foot curling drive.
After his excellent performance in the vital 3-1 win, there was even a collection of Leeds fans taking to Twitter regarding his future. Some fans feel as though Murphy deserves another chance at Leeds and wish he was still at the club for their recent difficult run.
But the reasons behind such a thought process are not ideal. Leeds fans are right to be upset with the performances of current midfield operators such as Eunan O’Kane and Kalvin Phillips. But it is losing sight of Leeds’ ambition to see Murphy as a solution.
The 28-year-old was always a hard worker for Leeds but when Garry Monk decided he was not good enough to help Leeds win promotion, he was right. Murphy may have scored a great goal for Burton at the weekend, but it was, in fact, his first of the season.
If Leeds are to finally succeed in their hope of winning promotion to the Premier League, bringing in players who were never good enough to do it before makes little sense.
What Leeds need is better recruitment his summer, with players who have promotion experience arriving. Talented newbies, not limited outcasts – and plenty of them, judging by how swiftly the first-team was decimated by injuries this season.
Some fans will always remain ‘up all night for Luke Murphy’ but he is not the solution to Leeds’ problems.
New and exciting recruits, all over the park, is what this stale looking Leeds side need. Murphy does not fit the bill.