Aston Villa supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Championship courtesy of a 3-0 win over struggling Reading at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
Steve Bruce’s men went into their clash with the relegation-threatened Royals off the back of a 0-0 draw with Hull City on Saturday, which did at least steady the ship after successive defeats at the hands of Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers. Yet the Villans registered their 21st victory of the campaign on Tuesday night as goals from Birkir Bjarnason, Conor Hourihane, and Scott Hogan securing a routine win for the Midlands giants, who benefited from a first half red card to Reading’s Dave Edwards to close the gap on second place Cardiff City to seven points.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Villa fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can continue their Championship promotion charge with another victory on Saturday, this time away at Norwich City.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Villans supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Newcastle United with a move for winger Moses Simon.
Ultimately, the 23-year-old has struggled for regular gametime at St James’ Park since his big money move back in the summer, with the winger mustering just 19 Premier League appearances for Rafa Benitez’s side, of which just 11 have been starts.
And with the likes of Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie, and January signing Kenedy continuing to prove their worth to the Magpies chief in recent times, Murphy’s first team prospects do not look good at all, let alone if the North East giants are indeed able to add 22-year-old Simon to their ranks over the summer.
As such, Murphy’s future could well be away from his boyhood club, and that is why Villa must seek to make a move this summer.
Yes, the 23-year-old hasn’t enjoyed the best of spells at Newcastle, but it mustn’t be forgotten that he scored eight goals and laid on eight assists for Norwich in the Championship last season, form which ultimately earned him a move to the North East.
And at the tender age of 23, it’s clear that the former England youth international has huge potential that will surely be realised in the coming years, but regular gametime will be needed for that to happen.
And that looks more likely to take place at Villa regardless of what league they are in next season, especially as it remains to be seen whether they can get a deal done to bring Robert Snodgrass to the club permanently over the summer.
Regardless, whether they are in the Championship or indeed the Premier League, Murphy will add further depth and genuine competition to the attacking department, and with Newcastle seemingly on the lookout for further reinforcements on the wing, the Villans should seek to land the 23-year-old come the summer.
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