Sheffield Wednesday head coach Lee Bullen has pleaded with Newcastle United loanee Jacob Murphy to deliver consistent performances for his Championship side while on loan at Hillsborough, as told to The Star.
Murphy moved to the Owls on a season-long loan deal in the summer after the Magpies openly listened to offers for the former Norwich City winger, as Steve Bruce planned to omit Murphy from his 25-man Premier League squad (Chronicle).
Derby County and Huddersfield Town were also credited with interest in the 24-year-old, who had fallen further down the pecking order at St. James’ Park following the arrivals of Allan Saint-Maximin and Jetro Willems despite featuring in five of Newcastle’s pre-season games.
London-born Murphy has already featured five times for Sheffield Wednesday across all competitions since completing his temporary move, and he opened his account for Bullen’s side with his very first touch during his Owls debut at home to Barnsley, as the Hillsborough natives ran out 2-0 victors (TransferMarkt).
Murphy’s performances have been erratic as he struggles for consistency, though, and he was hauled off at half-time against Preston North End before being benched as Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 2-1 at home by Queens Park Rangers in their final game before the international break.
Bullen has now pleaded with Murphy to offer some consistency once the Championship returns, as he is fully aware that he has the potential to torment second-tier full-backs.
“He has sort of been very good and then a little bit quiet at times. I think he’ll admit that himself,” Bullen told The Star. “But you can see from some of the flashes early on, I think it was the first minute against Rotherham, he skins the boy, puts it through his legs, gets up the line. And that’s what we need to see more of, and that’s what we’re trying to encourage him to do.
“We want him to get the ball to feet and get driving at defenders because there’s nothing worse for any full-back than when you’ve got a winger who’s willing to pick it up and drive at you.
“I think he knows there’s more in the tank and we’re trying to encourage him to get that out of him.”
Murphy displaying consistency issues at Hillsborough pinpoints the issues which have plagued his spell in the North East, as the 24-year-old was never able to offer enough for Rafa Benitez to continually place his faith in him – leading to sporadic appearances for the London-born forward (TransferMarkt).
Benitez wanted to offer the winger a chance to prove his value having been signed for £10million (Chronicle), though, as the Spaniard had been impressed by his pace, stamina and ability to use both feet.
Newcastle now need Murphy to turn his raw potential into proven results in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday if he is to offer more than potential upon his return next summer, at which point he will be entering the final year of his contract.
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