Situation Perfect For Potential New Hero – Ashley Should Take Note

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Gamez was bought because Daryl Janmaat wanted out.
    Sels was bought because Krul and Elliot has ACL’s and he was Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Still don’t rate – surely we could of found better!!!

  • Mag52

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Just hope big Darryl can avoid injuries for the foreseeable future.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Hi Jib

    Glad to see you’re back and hope you enjoyed Spain. I actually got grief for telling people I was missing you!

    Thank you for pointing out, as only you can, in your inimitable and gracious style, that I had missed seeing the word ”unlike” in an earlier post, ths rendering it somewhat irrelevant. My 55 year old eyes weren’t what they were admittedly. Specsavers beckons.


    I’m not quite sure what you keep wanting me to say re – tactics, formation etc. My opinion for what it’s worth is why try and second guess a man with one of the most successful CVs in world football over many years.

    Not everyone likes 4231, but hey it’s got us top of the league and scoring a mountain of goals.

    With the team I coach we have with varying degrees of success used 433, 343, 352, 4411 and 442 depending on the opposition. But if 4231 works for Rafa and the table suggests it does, then why change it for changes sake. There was one very strange lad even saying he was bored of Gayle!!!

    This is not the great squad people make out. We lost sissoko, wijni, townsend, janmatt cabella, thauvin etc and apart from a couple of inspired buys, in particular Gayle, Rafa has worked wonders with in what is in reality still quite an average squad.

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    Mr Tuff and his team poring over my posts for errors.

    If you think about it – if you have nothing fresh to add to a discussion – it’s a brilliant way to seem erudite and knowledgeable.

    TBF he’s not alone – the most extreme blogger to do it , to be sure – but there are others who do it , albeit a tad subtler.

  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Believe it or not I am trying to tone it down.
    Not because of any admonishment from Dr Harrison but because my wife has taken to calling me “Victor” (of Meldrew fame) – so I must stop
    a. Growling round the house
    b. Growling round the blog

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 16, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    That Sheyi Ojo is a bit of a beast for 19. It’s no wonder he’s been tearing up the youth leagues. I would love to see us go for Hogan. He seems the type of striker Benitez has always gone for.


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