Bolton are set to face promotion-chasing Leeds United at the weekend and Phil Parkinson’s team could have an ace up their sleeve in former Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy.
Any inside knowledge of a club is always welcome in football. Luke Murphy, who signed for Leeds in 2013, has the potential to be a real thorn in his former employer’s side.
Murphy was a regular starter in Bolton’s early-season unbeaten run after he signed in the summer.
Following his release by Leeds, his new partnership with Jason Lowe in midfield looked like a real plus-point for Bolton.
Since the 3-0 defeat against Sheffield United, Murphy hasn’t played a single minute for the Trotters. Furthermore, he has only appeared in the match day squad twice since the end of August.
His sudden exile from the first team also coincided with the loan signing of Everton’s Joe Williams, who has been a rare bright spark in Bolton’s team this season.
It’s worth noting too that Murphy hadn’t played for Leeds properly since 2016. In that time Leeds have changed manager four times.
After falling out of favour at Elland Road, he spent the remainder of his Leeds contract on loan at Burton.
While there is a link that Bolton could exploit, it’s unlikely to yield much against Marcelo Bielsa’s high-flying Leeds.
Despite that, could Bolton’s improved performances in recent weeks finally give the Bolton faithful something to cheer with or without Murphy?