With Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic out injured it’s a very good bet that Daryl Murphy will now get the big chance he’s been waiting for at Newcastle.
And with Daryl’s great experience in the Championship, his professionalism and his temperament and character we think Daryl can get the job done for Newcastle and propel us forward to get promoted this season.
Well – that’s what we are hoping for in any case.
Daryl Murphy’s great winner on Saturday
But things seems to be set up perfectly for Daryl to show what he can do and of course he listens intently to Rafa Benitez – the best coach he has ever had and Daryl wants to make a difference at Newcastle – the biggest clubs he has ever played for.
Daryl has given a long interview in the local papers today and this is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It was nice to get the goal, although I don’t really think I had to do that much because the ball was so good.”
“The delivery was that good, the weight of the cross, and I just had to direct the header really, I didn’t need to put any power on it.”
“I’ve waited so long for a chance that I’ve spent a lot of time sitting in the stands, watching the delivery from the wide players, and thinking, ‘I’d love to be on the pitch getting onto the end of that’.”
“We’ve got players who make it fairly easy to play in front of them.”
“The ball for the goal was unbelievable, with the outside of his foot (Perez). It was on a plate for me, and it was just a case of applying the finishing touch.”
“It would be a nice to get a run now, especially on the back of scoring a couple of goals.” “We’ll see what the manager chooses.”
“I’m still not up to full match speed.”
“You can do all the running in training you like, and work as hard as you can behind the scenes, but at the end of the day, you need to play to get properly up to speed.”
“Hopefully I can be involved a lot more.” “I always knew that I’d get a chance at some stage – it was just how long it would take that I didn’t know.”
“I just had to make sure that I was fit and available, and ready to come on at any given time.”
“I had to be ready to start whenever, and that’s been the case in the last couple of weeks.”
“Long may it continue.” “I always knew I’d get a chance to show what I could do.”
“I wasn’t signed for nothing – the gaffer knows I have experience in this league, and I’ve done it here over the years.”
“He knew that with my experience, and the fact I can score goals in this league, I could add something to the squad, something different to what we have.”
“It’s just been a case of waiting for a chance, but now I’ve had that, and I’ve chipped in with a couple of goals.”
Maybe Daryl is one of the players that Mike Ashley is questioning about why we signed him when he’s 33 and on a fairly big wage and not playing much at all.
Let’s see now – 33 is greater than 26 – so obviously he must be a bad buy with no sell-on potential.
If Daryl helps us get promoted he will be well worth the £3M or whatever we paid Ipswich Town for him with £150M a year waiting for us in the Premier League.
You have to keep looking at the big picture.
And Rafa’s intuition, experience and planning are starting to pay off and Daryl will now get vital playing time for Newcastle.
Hopefully Mike Ashley will let Rafa do what he does best – managing all the football matters at Newcastle.
After all it’ s not an exaggeration to say Rafa’s one of the best in the world at what he does.
This man plans in meticulous detail – something that has been sorely missing during Mike Ashley’s tenure at the club.