We’ve liked Daryl Murphy ever since he was signed at Newcastle because the former Ipswich players seems to be a class act.
Rafa immediately let everybody know that Daryl was very good for the squad and trained hard in every training session and that he was happy with him.
That’s while Daryl wasn’t even in the squad on game days for quite a few months, but no complaints came from the Republic of Ireland International.
Daryl Murphy scores the winner at Brentford
When Dwight Gayle was injured Daryl got his chance earlier this year and delivered three goals in three games to keep the wins coming at Newcastle.
And now he could get another start tomorrow at Birmingham City, after being impressive and scoring again in the poor overall display and 3-1 defeat at home to Fulham on Saturday.
Daryl just turned 34 on Wednesday (he’s a youngster!) and has a year left on his contract, but this player can still be an unlikely hero this season for Newcastle in our drive to get back into the Premier League.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said in the Chronicle today about Daryl whom he calls “a nice lad”:
“He has scored some goals and helped us get a few points so far, that is good.” “It’s very positive.”
“For the young players to see someone of his age with the number of goals he has scored, but is still working hard to get more it shows he’s a great example.”
“Robbie Fowler was a fantastic striker and we brought him back to Liverpool because he was not playing.”
“We needed a specific plan for him. We worked very hard with him and he did well. He made a contribution on the pitch and in the dressing room.”
“Murphy is different because he has scored goals and played more games.”
“But in terms of his influence in the team and the fact he is so professional and such a nice lad, it’s a big positive.”
Daryl has now scored 5 goals in 16 total appearances for Newcastle this season including four goals in 13 appearances the Championship – not too bad at all.
And it once again proves Rafa knew exactly what he was doing when he brough the experienced striker in from Ipswich Town.
There’s nothing like having close to 30 years experience in coaching like Rafa has.