A little different to most Newcastle signings, it was a case of coming ‘home’ for Jacob Murphy.
Both he and his brother Josh are lifelong Newcastle fans but ended up being born in London after their parents moved away from Tyneside, the twins ending up signing on for Norwich after the family then relocated to Norfolk.
However, all the rest of his extended family are still in the north east and when signing for Newcastle United, Jacob Murphy talked of how excited all his relations were.
Wednesday night brought the winger’s first two goals in black and white and even though just a friendly, Murphy says they have given him a ‘massive confidence boost’ and helped to settle a bit more into the squad.
Wearing the new black and white home shirt made it an extra bit special and the 22 year old described United’s finishing as ‘clinical’ as they dispatched Bradford City 4-0.
With nine goals and six assists last season in the Championship, it would be a massive boost for Newcastle if Jacob Murphy could produce anything like the same stats in the Premier League.
With two games against Bundesliga opposition up next, Murphy accepts it will be a step up, but welcomes the challenge ahead of the Premier League kicking off in 17 days time.
Jacob Murphy speaking to NUFC TV:
“It was great to get them (first ever Newcastle goals) so soon after coming here,
“A convincing 4-0 win (at Bradford) in the end and delighted to get on the scoresheet.
“I had a little bit of luck, as the first one came off the back of my heel but I then managed to put it away.
“The second one was more instinctive, just fell nicely for me.
“A massive confidence boost, just what I needed to get me a bit more settled into the squad.
“Nice to do it in the black and white and hopefully a lot more to come.
“We were really clinical (in second-half) and it turned out to be a convincing win, that is what we came out here to do – get a bit of shape and score some goals.
“The games in Germany will be a step up but we are gearing up for a massive season in the Premier League, so it will be a welcome challenge for all of us.”
The full first team and reserve/Under 23 pre-season schedules are as follows so far –
The first team friendlies:
Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2
Saturday 22 July – Preston 1 Newcastle 1
Wednesday 26 July – Bradford 0 Newcastle 4
Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)
Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm
Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:
Monday 17 July – Darlington 1 Newcastle 2
Saturday 22 July – Gateshead 0 Newcastle 3
Tuesday 25 July – Whitley Bay 0 Newcastle 0
Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)
Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)