Newcastle United signed Andy Cole almost 25 years ago (I can’t quite believe it…where does time go?), Kevin Keegan signing the relatively unknown striker from Championship club Bristol City in February 1993.

He ended up not doing too badly…

The £1.75m transfer fee raised eyebrows and was seen as a big gamble but he helped ensure United were promoted that 1992/93 season and then smashed records with an amazing  41 goals the following season, helping newly promoted Newcastle finish third.

Moving forward to the present day and Andy Cole has reacted to the signing of Jacob Murphy for a reported £12.5m, another relative unknown from a Championship club.

Cole says about Murphy. ‘look forward to seeing you in the black and white’.

As for the players attributes, the former Newcastle striker says ‘direct, quick and goals’, which of course would be the perfect description of what Newcastle fans witnessed back in 1993 when Andy Cole landed at Newcastle.

The £12.5m transfer fee now doesn’t even make anybody blink in English football, with the Premier League swilling in money.

Back when Cole signed in February 1993, the Premier League was only six months old, none of us could have foreseen just how much things were going to change…

Andy Cole:

“Congrats Jacob Murphy, look forward to seeing you in the Black and White…

“Decent signing for Newcastle United –  direct, quick and goals!”

Newcastle United Official Statement – 19 July 2017:

Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of England under-21 international Jacob Murphy.

The 22-year-old winger, who has joined up with the Magpies at their training camp at Carton House in Ireland, had been with Norwich City since he was a teenager and scored against Newcastle twice in Canaries colours last season.

Murphy has also enjoyed a handful of productive loan spells and has already played more than 100 first-team games despite his tender age.

The boyhood Newcastle United supporter has represented his country at various age groups and recently returned from the UEFA European Under-21 Championships, where he helped England to reach the semi-finals stage.

Murphy – whose parents hail from the North East – said:

“It was a childhood dream of mine to represent Newcastle and the opportunity is now here. I can’t wait to get started.”

Manager Rafa Benítez added:

“He’s a young and talented player and hopefully he can develop even more here.

“We hope he can show us the passion, commitment and ability that he showed in the Championship last season.”