Former Leeds United forward Noel Whelan has suggested that Jacob Murphy will go on to establish himself as a crucial player for Newcastle United this season, following his performance against Wolves on Sunday.
Murphy’s future had been in doubt throughout the summer transfer window, with the 25-year-old having returned to St James’ Park from a loan move at Sheffield Wednesday. The Championship club had been interested in taking the versatile winger back to Hillsborough in the summer, while he was also the subject of an approach from Rangers, per Football Insider.
Whelan believes Magpies can get the best out of Murphy
Murphy has struggled to have the impact he would have been aiming for when he arrived at Newcastle in a £12m move from Norwich City in summer of 2017. He has been sent out on two separate loan spells to the Championship, to West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday, with first team chances at St James’ Park having been limited.
However, Murphy was handed his first Premier League start of the campaign by Steve Bruce on Sunday. The 25-year-old operated in a wing-back role and delivered a strong performance, scoring the Magpies’ equaliser with a smartly-taken free kick, while he also averaged 1.5 tackles and 1.5 clearances to show the defensive side of his game (Sofascore).
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan heaped praise on Murphy’s ability and suggested that he now has the chance to become an integral part of the Magpies’ starting line-up. He also believes the environment created by Bruce around the club is helping the 25-year-old start to deliver.
He said: “Murphy is a player with so much ability. He was brought to that club to run, be direct, use that pace and skill that he has with the ball at his feet and now he seems to be doing it.
“Murphy seems to be enjoying football again at Newcastle. The surroundings, the manager and the squad all seem to have made a nice connection. Newcastle seems a happier camp right now and Murphy is showing what a fantastic player he is.
“The fact that he took the free-kick shows you the confidence he has. He was standing over it, wanting that pressure. He clearly trusts his own ability and feels confident in his game at this present point.
“It is a lot of responsibility to take a free-kick like that at the end of the game and he won back a point for his team. Murphy will be a key player for Newcastle this season, no doubt.”
Murphy needs to show consistent form to keep his place
It was a very encouraging start for Murphy against Wolves, and after that game Bruce confirmed that it was always his intention to keep hold of him this summer. The 25-year-old has the full faith of a Magpies manager for the first time since arriving on Tyneside and now he must take this chance to kick on.
The winger was largely a strong performer for Sheffield Wednesday last term, scoring nine goals and registering four assists (Sofascore). However, he was also inconsistent at times and struggled to make an impact on certain matches. He must now prove that he can be a consistent performer for the Magpies to establish himself as an integral player for them.
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