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Michael Gray dubious about Newcastle star being what Sunderland need

7 years ago

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.”


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