Darren Moore excited by form of Newcastle United loan star
Darren Moore won the signature of Jacob Murphy ahead of a number of other Championship promotion hopefuls.
Despite not hitting the heights so far in the Premier League with Newcastle United, or at least very rarely, little wonder the winger was in high demand.
His only full season in the second tier as a 20 year old saw him directly involved in 15 goals (scored nine and six assists) in 32 starts (pus five as a sub).
In midweek, Jacob Murphy scored his second goal in the last three games as he helped West Brom win 3-2 at QPR.
Darren Moore declaring ‘He showed more of the Jacob Murphy we want.’
In the strange world of Newcastle United under Mike Ashley, a fair bit of criticism has been aimed at Rafa Benitez due to his ‘big’ signing (£10m plus £2m if hitting targets) Jacob Murphy not having shown so far he is good enough to be a Premier League regular (Murphy being Rafa’s most expensive signing since promotion until Almiron’s arrival).
Of course £10m is still £10m but in today’s Premier League that is a run of the mill fee for a squad player for most PL clubs these days.
So spending £10m on a young Championship player is more in hope that expectation they will prove good enough to be a first team fixture.
Confidence seems to have been the biggest problem/obstacle for Murphy and hopefully now he has a couple of years at Newcastle behind him, turns 24 on Sunday, he can score and create goals for fun in these remaining three months for West Brom.
He has shown he has pace and can score goals, two massive pluses, he just then needs to be able to transfer that into the Premier League.
Darren Moore talking to the Express and Star:
“Both players [Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero] give us a different cutting edge and change the team dynamic.
“They are a threat. Both of them got on the scoresheet [in the 3-2 win over QPR] and long may that continue.
“They are getting stronger the more weeks that pass by and the more training sessions they do. We saw glimpses from both players of what they bring to the team.
“Jacob Murphy was always a threat [at QPR].
“I thought he took his goal very well, he gave us real pace and direction.
“Every time he picked up the ball he put QPR on the back foot.
“Jacob has tremendous speed and agility and he’s got an eye for goal.
“He’s scored a couple for us already.
“He probably feels he could have scored a couple more, so he’s getting stronger, getting more understanding to what we want from his role in the team.
“He showed more of the Jacob Murphy we want.
“Hopefully we’ll benefit as the weeks go by.”
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