We’ve made no secret of the fact we like 34 year-old Daryl Murphy a lot, because of his complete professionalism and he’s such a team player.
He realizes he takes second place to the team and that’s not always true with footballers these days.
And while he hasn’t played much for Newcastle this term he still has six goals for us and Rafa has pointed out just how important this man is to Newcastle both on and off the field.
Daryl never moaned about not playing for Newcastle for months and Rafa pointed out how he always gives 100% in training and how impressed he’s been with the experience and maturity of the Irish International.
Daryl Murphy – experience, leadership and calmness
Daryl has come out of his first season at Newcastle with his reputation actually enhanced and his former club Ipswich and other Championship clubs would just love to have this guy on loan for next season and it may even happen.
We paid £3.5M for him from Ipswich Town but in the big scheme of things – we will start to get around £140M a year if we are promoted back to the Premier League – that’s nothing and he’s in fact been a good buy.
Mike Ashley please take note.
You cannot judge a single financial transaction (transfer) on its own, which Newcastle have done too many times before Rafa arrived.
We didn’t sign some players we should have signed for the short-term – and that’s just one reason we haven’t been successful.
Here’s what Rafa has said about Daryl Murphy when asked how important his presence has been this season – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Not just his age but his quality and experience in the Championship too,”
“On the first day after I stayed, I am told: ‘You don’t know the Championship.’ Some said: ‘Will Rafa will be good enough?’”
“You need the people in the Championship to manage situations like that.”
“Like in the 94th minute of a game when you should keep the ball and not give the opposition the chance to play a long ball.”
(Big hint about Leeds equalizer).
“Players with this experience can help.”
“You need a balance between young players, hungry with motivation, and those who can calm people.”
Well said Rafa and that’s also a communication to Mike Ashley.
There’s also got to be a short-term strategy as well as a long-term strategy in place; at Newcastle it’s always been a long term strategy under Mike Ashley.
That’s changed under Rafa this season.
There’s nothing like having a man in charge at Newcastle who is one of the most knowledgeable men in world football.
It also helps a lot when Rafa shares the complete passion for football, you see all the time on Tyneside
We should be so lucky.