Newcastle United’s short-term signing now looking longer-term
Brought in as short-term insurance for Rafa’s promotion bid, Daryl Murphy has been forced to think longer-term in his time at St James Park so far.
The Irish international striker hasn’t even sat on the bench for Newcastle in the Championship, ignored by the United boss in the early matches and then picking up a calf injury when at last getting some pitch time against Wolves in the League Cup.
Daryl Murphy did pretty well in that 2-0 win in September, linking up play well and unlucky not to score himself.
However, he is desperate to play now he is fully fit again and hoping to catch Rafa’s eye.
The forward scored 50 Championship goals for Ipswich in the last three seasons but this calendar year has only scored two, the last of those in March.
Monday saw Daryl Murphy get the first half and a goal as the reserves drew 1-1 with West Brom and it looks a possibility that this is with Hull City in mind next Tuesday, though surely that would be only as a substitute at best.
Turning 34 in March 2017, along with Jesus Gamez it appears that Murphy was brought in for very short-term experience and if promotion happens at the first attempt then surely the Irishman would be moving on again.
With almost half of this season already gone, no wonder the one-time Sunderland striker says he is ‘itching’ to be involved.
Daryl Murphy speaking to the official club website:
“I’m getting there, slowly but surely…
“I have been back in training for a few weeks now which is obviously good for me but I think it’s game time that gets you that extra bit of sharpness, thankfully I had that on Monday.
“I’ll just keep training and hopefully catch the manager’s eye.
“I’m a striker and I want to score goals. The most important thing was just to get minutes under my belt and make sure that injury-wise I’m alright, but the goal was a bonus.
“I’ve been itching to go since I got injured and watching the games isn’t nice. The lads are on a brilliant run and everyone’s playing well, so I need to impress to try and force my way in.
“I can’t wait. I was just happy to get through it to be honest and I felt no niggles or anything like that, so that’s a plus.
“It’s probably the most frustrated I’ve been in my career to be honest. I’ve never been out for this long so it’s all new to me and watching the lads play week-in, week-out from the stands is not very nice.
“But I’m back training, I’ve just got 45 minutes under my belt so hopefully it’ll stand me in good stead.”
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