Jacob Murphy new long-term deal set to be announced, all parties happy after talks – Report
Jacob Murphy was a rarity, as he explained (see below) when giving his first interview after completing his move to Newcastle United from Norwich back in July 2017.
Like all of his family, the then 22 year old was / is a lifelong Newcastle fan, despite having grown up in London and Norwich.
His mam is from Birtley and dad from Ashington, with the rest of the family from Gateshead, so his Geordie roots are well established.
Jacob Murphy declaring back in July 2017: ‘Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better’, and on that occasion I think we could believe a signing when he said that!
Now it has been reported that a new Jacob Murphy deal is set to be announced.
The Mail say that their information is that talks have been successful between player and club and despite interest from elsewhere, Jacob Murphy is going to commit his long-term future to the club that he has supported all his life.
In Newcastle United’s (2016/17) promotion season, the 21 / 22 year old Murphy had grabbed nine goals and six assists in the Championship for Norwich, with two of the goals and one assist coming against Newcastle.
However, after signing for Newcastle United, Jacob Murphy in his first two seasons only managed one Premier League goal and two assists in 34 appearances – 16 starts and 18 sub appearances.
A very average loan spell in 2018/19 at West Brom in the Championship only brought two goals and one assist, only to then in 2019/20 produce very similar form and stats at Sheffield Wednesday as he had done at Norwich, nine second tier goals and four assists.
Steve Bruce talking about Jacob Murphy potentially becoming a Newcastle United first team player in the 2020/21 season, something that was then backed up by the Head Coach giving the NUFC fan a lot of praise for his pre-season form ahead of last (2020/21) season.
However, after starting eight (one win, two draws and five defeats) Premier League games up to 26 January 2021, Steve Bruce totally sidelined Jacob Murphy (as well as a number of other players).
The horrendous run then grew to only two wins in twenty NUFC matches and on 4 April 2021, a desperate Steve Bruce changed half his outfield players, two of the five being Jacob Murphy and Matt Ritchie (who had also been totally sidelined by Bruce for some time) who came in as wing-backs. Newcastle got a 2-2 draw against Spurs and the two of them stayed in for all of the remaining eight PL games as well, United ending the season with five wins, two draws and just two defeats in those final nine matches.
Murphy ended the season with a decent return of two PL goals and three assists from right wing back.
Jacob Murphy was due to see his Newcastle United career end on 30 June 2021 and if indeed he is extending his stay, my personal view is…
The 26 year old is the best option at the club to play right wing back and in that role, I would definitely say is better going forward than defending.
The biggest problem I can see with any new deal for Jacob Murphy, is if then Steve Bruce reverted to a back four, as I certainly don’t see him as a right back and personally, I doubt whether he can play regularly in the Premier League as a successful winger / wide midfielder. He has definitely found his niche as wing back and looks comfortable in that role.
Jacob Murphy talking to NUFC TV – 19 July 2017:
“It was a childhood dream of mine to come represent Newcastle, I can’t wait to get started.
“A proud moment for myself, my family – everyone crazy crazy Newcastle supporters. So the move to come here was a no-brainer.
“My mother is from Birtley, my dad from Ashington, the rest of my family are from Gateshead. So they have always been Newcastle supporters and that is the team I chose to follow.
“I have been getting messages from them (family) and they are really excited.
“My first Newcastle game – my dad took me and my brother to see Newcastle play PSV in the UEFA Cup (a 2-1 win on 14 April 2004), Alan Shearer and Gary Speed got the goals.
“Laurent Robert with a wand of a left foot, he used to cannon ball everything in. Alan Shearer is just a God.
“Playing last season at St James Park with Norwich, it is just magical. I wanted to be part of that.
“Being at Norwich at the time we were gutted we didn’t win but the passion from the Newcastle fans, you saw what it meant to them.
“I hope to bring attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct, I like to shoot, I like to provide chances for the team.
“Rafa Benitez was a massive influence, it was a no-brainer when the offer came in. If you have the chance to work with him, you would be silly not to say yes.
“Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better.”
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