Michael Gray isn’t too sure about one Newcastle United player that has been linked with his former club.

Sunderland are desperate for quality players all around their team/squad but nowhere more so than up front.

With only 29 league goals last season it tells you just how bad things were – but then when Jermain Defoe walked out on the Mackems they then lost somebody who had got 15 of that pitiful total.

With the likes of Borini deserting the sinking ship as well, I make it that the remaining players who are still at the Stadium of Light were only responsible for six of those 29 PL goals – Paddy McNair on two, being the most prolific goalscorer remaining at the club.

The Newcastle player in question is Daryl Murphy and Michael Gray thinks he might be too old, although he has added a couple of years onto the striker’s age, as he is only 34 (not 36) and doesn’t turn 35 until next March.

The one-time Ipswich star showed last season that he was still more than  up to doing a job in the second tier, showing great all round play for Newcastle and scoring five league goals in only 687 minutes of football.

Daryl Murphy started only seven Championship matches for NUFC and came off the bench in another eight.

With just three weeks until the new season and the club in a shocking financial position, Michael Gray says he is not sure what Simon Grayson is going to do when it comes to finding a goalscorer(s).

Personally, I hope they don’t go for Daryl Murphy as he did a great job for Newcastle last season and I think he would be a great signing for our red and white friends.

Michael Gray speaking to Talksport:

“What is Daryl Murphy…35 or 36 years old now?

“I haven’t spoken to Simon (Grayson) and I’m not sure if he is going to go down that avenue.

“Certainly we do need a striker but I’m not sure if he (Murphy) is the right fit for us right now.”



  • Doug Dacre

    I was always impressed with Murphy when I saw him play, good touch and very aggressive ……What does Mackem Gray know, he has never even seen the lad play as he is too busy in the bathroom putting more make up on….:-)

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I’d have thought Gray would know how Murphy plays, Murphy was at Sunderland for 5 years, I think Gray may have even been in the team with him

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    Loan them Riviere, he`s the right age

    • HarryHype59

      He is so bad he would be a perfect fit for them.

  • Scottpaige

    Another Mackem full of S**te again I see !!!!

  • Kneebotherm8

    He’d do a great job for them or anyone else in the championship, so I hope he doesn’t sign for the mackems.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Murphy would be an ideal striker for them or anyone in that league. If he plays 35 games he will score 20 plus goals for them.

  • Stephen Paylor

    Where else are they going to get a 20 goal a season striker for less than 3 million

    • Kneebotherm8

      You’re right,he would have scored 20+ for us if he’d played all season.

  • Waxi

    He is a top striker in the championship so as long as we get what we paid for him good luck to him. he never let us down so whoever he signs for will get a top player.

  • HarryHype59

    Murphy would ensure the Mackems stay up next season! For 3m he is an absolute bargain for them irrespective of his age.

  • Down Under Mag

    More than capable at that level, he showed he can still score goals and I think he would do well for them…don’t look at his bench appearances because those always skew stats (players may be brought on to help shore the game up or when things aren’t in control so their likelihood of scoring goes down), but when he starts his scoring was impeccable. Whats more, it is a cheap option for them that addresses one of their major areas that needs improvement. Seems like a no brainer…but chances are the fans won’t want him because he’s played for us now…cutting noses off to spite faces collectively.

  • Jezza

    He’d probably do a job for Sunderland but we’re going to need him ourselves because it doesn’t bleeding well look like the club are going to sign a new striker in this window.