Jacob Murphy says that he knows he has to make an ‘impact straight away’ after joining Newcastle for £12.5m from Norwich City.

The winger is Newcastle’s biggest signing of the summer (so far…) and made his first appearance against Preston on Saturday.

Playing the second-half in a pretty mundane friendly, it was nevertheless a big moment for the lifelong Newcastle fan, Jacob Murphy saying ‘It was a proud moment for myself and my family’.

Hopefully there will be many more moments that the 22 year old can take pride in but for the moment he is just trying to get his fitness up to speed and get to know the style of play at his new club.

With nine goals and six assists in the Championship last season, he carries undoubted promise, and he wouldn’t be the first player to hit the Premier League as a relative unknown and take people by surprise.

It will be interesting to see how Rafa Benitez handles the inexperienced player, as he balances the instant need for results with that of Murphy’s long-term future.

As Newcastle’s most expensive signing so far of the window, he is understandably in the spotlight and fan expectation is inevitable, a couple of more heavyweight/eye-catching signings would definitely help him to fade a little into the background and quietly get on with the job.

Three weeks today and Newcastle fans wonder just who will be starting against Tottenham…

Jacob Murphy speaking to the official club site:

“It was a relief to finally pull it (the shirt) on. It’s taken me all week to get it on but it was nice to look down at my chest and see the badge.

 “I know I have got a job to do for the team and I know the expectations from the fans when you’re wearing this club crest.

“It was a proud moment for myself and my family and it was good to get some minutes under my belt too.

“You have got to make an impact straight away – I need to gain that fitness back and then I’ll be raring to go soon.

“It has been good. It’s been a little bit tough to start with as the boys are a few weeks ahead of me so it’s been a bit hundred miles an hour to start with, but I’m slowly getting into things.

“All the boys need to get up to speed fitness-wise and we look forward to the games – because that’s ultimately where we’re going to get that fitness.

“I’ve only had three sessions this pre-season, so it was good to get minutes today and get my legs ticking over, I look forward to Wednesday (Preston away) and hopefully some more minutes then.

“It (competition) is healthy and it will keep everyone on their toes, you know you can’t rest on your laurels here, you could be in one game but the next you could be out. Everyone knows they’ve got to fight for their place.

“It raises everyone’s games, not just for myself but the other boys in my position, and it’s competition I look forward to having.

“I just want to get as many minutes as I can and get some victories in these pre-season games, ideally learn my new teammates’ styles, for them to get to know me a bit better, then hopefully we’ll be raring to go.

“I know I’ve got to put my flag in the sand, but I’m more than capable of doing it, and it’s just a case of taking that chance when it comes.”

Preston 1 Newcastle 1

Saturday 22 July 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle: Mitrovic 8

Preston: Barkhuizen 33

Newcastle United:

Elliot (Darlow 46 (Woodman 70)), Dummett (Clark 46), Mbemba, Lejeune (Manquillo 76), Hanley (Yedlin 46), Shelvey (Hayden 46), Diame (Colback 46), De Jong (Roberts 62), Aarons (Murphy 46), Atsu (Perez 46), Mitrovic (Gayle 46)

Crowd: 7,380 (approx 3,000 Newcastle)

Referee: Jon Moss



  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Is it funny how the local journalists and a portion of our fan base treat the young prospect Murphy so differently to our own 22 year old talent Mitrovic… we accept that Murphy is on a learning curve .. we don’t expect him to come in and be the finished article.. yet are happy to write Mitro off at th same age and while playing in a position (centre forward) where maturity usually comes a little later!

    • Geordiegiants

      Mitro has not got it. No amount of time or patience will give him the edge, he is a nice kid with bags of heart, but a heed like a fifty pence piece.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        You obviously don’t know what to look for .. you don’t play international football in his position and at his age if you don’t have quality And potential.. the big thing is how you adapt tactics Around him and who you buy in to play off him .. a clever number ten would help .. plus I’m not saying Mitro should be our number one striker.. just that we bought his for his potential.. let’s back that judgment.

        • Geordiegiants

          Is it only me and Rafa that don’t know what we are looking for? He will never make it as a premier league striker, if he had a little bit of talent, Rafa would of had him in when Gayle was out in the championship, but he never, so that for me tells its own story.

          • Paul Patterson

            Agreed. For me it’s basically down to his movement (or lack of).
            Alan Shearer’s movement in his last season at 35 was better than Mitrovic.
            Fast forward to present day and compare Mitrovic to Daryl Murphy, I know which I’d rather have leading the line and he’s 34 years old (and sold).

          • Damon Horner

            Do you not think improvement of movement is something which can be added to a players game?

          • Paul Patterson

            Of course, but we can’t just persist with him until he ‘gets it’, which he might not even do.
            The other option is to loan him out and re-evaluate in 12-18 months time, which I don’t think the club want to do.

          • Damon Horner

            Absolutely. The original post though suggested he is harshly targeted at times. He is on a learning curve and anybody who is on a learning curve might never get it. It’s a judgement call really.

            He came into football very early because of how physically developed he is and it seems to be working against him.

            I do agree that he has too many things against him to be relied upon.

          • Paul Patterson

            I think temperament and fitness are another two that I feel Rafa has also spotted and if you don’t have good fitness and you can’t be trusted, you have to be s**t hot with you’re ability, which Mitrovic isn’t (yet).

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Raffa doesn’t get every call right .. infact he’s got a lot wrong .. you wouldn’t think it though

          • Damon Horner

            Rafa has a high expectation in my view in respect to consistency of his players performances which is where Mitro is being harmed. He will get a lot wrong if he demands that and doesn’t wait too long to see it.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            He was happy with Colback being consistently awful, with Diame being consistently gash and with his buys like Gamez, Lazar and Sells consistently on the reserves… a great coach is meant to help develop players, especially those the club have invested in because of their potential

          • Damon Horner

            Colback was behind Hayden, Diame had Perez as his competition. Gamez was largely injured, Lazaar playing ahead of consistent Dummett? Sels had more of a shot than most to sort it out.

            Great coaches do put the work in to develop players but unfortunately you don’t get the chance to do that when your first team needs that level of surgery, results trumps development these days.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Hahaha .. you didn’t even convince yourself with that speel

          • Geordiegiants

            No he isn’t, he is judged purely on results.

          • Geordiegiants

            He gets a lot more right than wrong. That is why he does what he does and is respected and wanted all around world football.

          • Paul Patterson

            The objective was promotion, he got that one right. Murphy came in and did a job, he got that one right. He kept Mitrovic out of the side. Yes he got a few things wrong, but his decisions on those two were vindicated on the overall objective.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            I was never trying to say he got everything wrong .. just pointing out that he isn’t infallible.. and maybe he needs to adapt his ideas for different situations and players .. he was a bit rigid in his negative formations especially in home games last season

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Why? Maybe not as your number one striker but surely as a squad member .. how many forwards do you think a club should have ?

          • Geordiegiants

            No doubt about it, Murphy was ten times the player. Why are these same people not shouting to give Slo Mo the same chance? SLO Mo doesn’t go around giving it Berty big b’llocks, that’s why. People’s love of Mitro is base purely on his passion. Passion is needed no doubt, but with ability.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Haha how daft

    • Paul Patterson

      I have actually watched Mitrovic, I’ve seen his game and as much as I’d like him to succeed, he often moves around like a carthorse. Playing two up top might help him, but we aren’t going to do that. Play him as a lone striker and we may as well play with 10 men.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        If you’ve watched him you’ve seen him allow us to play 15/20 yards further up the field .. you’ve also seen him be left Isolated without a clever attacking midfielder who made runs in and around him .. you can’t be a lone target man without having support arriving for your lay offs .. he isn’t the finished article BUT if youve watched him at international level you should be able to see his potential.. and that’s why we bought him .. he’s 22, a baby in centre forward terms .. if he was the finished article we couldn’t afford him!

        • Paul Patterson

          Not bothered how he does at international level . .

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Ignorance

        • Geordiegiants

          Gayle plays the same system and scores.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Remember that when he’s running around like a headless chicken this season … he can’t lead a line in his own at Premiership level

          • Geordiegiants

            Mitro couldn’t do it at championship level, and your shouting to give him a chance in the prem. I know who I would be giving a chance to first.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            And I know who will fail.. Mitrovic struggled at championship level because he was isolated through Diame not having the brain to get alongside him

          • Geordiegiants

            Honestly! Gayle was playing in the same side with the same players man!

          • Stephen Paylor

            what is the ratio for gayle and mitro in goals per minute?

          • Geordiegiants

            Ask Clarko, he is the stat man!

    • Damon Horner

      I agree mate but I think he could help himself a bit more as well.

      In our relegation season he came back unfit from international duty like he didn’t even train so his discipline both on and off the pitch is something badly letting him down.

      Decisions on the pitch also, moments like the badly judged back heel against Villa cost us, something you wouldn’t expect to see in League 2.

      I also think one of the best things he can do is learn to defend. I seen on a few occasions he doesn’t seem to want to put many challenges in and other times he wants to fly into them! His height defending set pieces could be a better used attribute too.

      The man has undoubted potential but he has so much more he could add to his game and a lot of the above makes him more unpredictable than you’d think Rafa would ideally like.

      • Geordiegiants

        Defend?????? He needs to learn to score goals, not defend.

        • Damon Horner

          He can’t do both? Don’t underestimate how much a manager values defending from the front.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah I know exactly what your saying, but he needs to score before anything else is taken in to consideration, he is an out and out striker.

  • superalansuddick

    Find this funny like, An Article about new signing Jacob Murphy has 20+ comments about whether Mitro is good enough or not.

  • Rich Lawson

    Plenty of sand at Whitley Bay,as for Mitro’ being on a learning curve,how many of you want to see him doing it against cynical prem’ defenders who will be sly with the digs and get him sent off early ? Likable as he is,he’s had enough chances to do the business.

    • Geordiegiants

      More than enough.