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Gradi Backs Murphy To Come Good

Two years after signing professional terms on graduation from the Crewe Alexandra Academy, Luke Murphy is pushing for a regular place in the squad and after playing a multitude of roles, is settling back down to play his best football yet.

Since Dario Gradi has returned as boss at Gresty Road, Murphy has found himself playing in a new tucked in role, a role he is enjoying, and one that is bringing out his best and Gradi has been suitably impressed at the impact this has made.

Speaking to the Club’s official website, he said:

“I had seen that Luke Murphy would share his role with Danny Shelley, and that is what they have been doing. I have a lot of options when I play Murphy, he can play down the flank or through the middle and I have to say he is looking like a footballer again.”

“He went through a stage where he was just running around all over the place, but on Saturday I could see that he had maximum effort and was very skillful. The player I know he can be.”

“He needs to be playing football the way he knows how, and he’s getting the chance to do that. I remember when I took over last time, I put him in the side, and he was scoring goals. That is something he can do, and something I hope he will do more of, he is more than capable of chipping in with a few goals.”

“He’s another player I want to have in my team, but I have to remember James Bailey and Simon Walton have been playing well, so as long as Murphy continues as he is, he has every chance to getting his chance on the side.”

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