This Signing Looks A Future Newcastle Star – Based On Last Night’s Performance


Jacob Murphy had an excellent second half yesterday and scored two great goals for us and his performance in only his second game for the club showed this lad can score goals for us.

But of course, we know it will be that much harder for him to score in the Premier League but his temperament and determination to succeed on Tyneside make his future look very bright.

Jacob and his identical twin Josh were Newcastle fans at just 10 months old – they told their mother the exact strip they wanted and lo and behold it was Newcastle United.

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But both lads want to play for Newcastle and Jacob got his wish when we signed him for an initial £10M last week.

Jacob was asked about his brace, and this is what he said as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It was great to get them so soon after coming in. “It was a convincing win in the end. I was delighted to get on the scoresheet.”

I had a little bit of luck when it came off the back of my heel,” “I managed to stick it away. I was delighted with that.”

“That second goal was more instinctive. It fell nicely for me.”

“It’s a big relief, but it’s also a massive confidence boost. It’s what I needed to get me a bit more settled into the squad.”

“I’m delighted to get these two goals. Hopefully, I can continue from here. “It was nice to do it in black and white. Hopefully, there’s many more to come.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez even felt the performance last night was much better than at Preston on Saturday and even Rafa was happy.

So it must have been a good performance – especially in the second half we were ruthless in front of goal.

Bradford had played doggedly in that first half but didn’t exactly know what hit them in that final 45 minutes – two goals in the first 6 minutes didn’t help either.

Three players (almost) signed in 8 days and an excellent performance last night – things are looking up for Newcastle

Comments welcome.

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Health Update: I thought I would give a bit of an update on my health condition.

My blood tests were good enough yesterday that I was passed to have my final chemotherapy infusion this afternoon here in Wake Forest, North Carolina – we live about 10 minutes from the all new Rex Cancer Center.

Since the side effects are cumulative, I expect things will be challenging over the next couple of weeks, but after that, I should be able to recover and get my hair back growing again – maybe in a different color – long black and curly maybe?

It’s difficult to know what effect the chemotherapy has had on the cancer.

But I’ll find out more at the end of September when I have my next cat-scan and will see what exactly the chemo has done – the last one showed cancer in multiple parts of the body.

While I remain confident, I am realistic too and know my condition – stage 4 prostate cancer – is not good.

But I live in hope and have very high expectations – like most Newcastle fans.

That’s one of the things that keeps me going!

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159 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #81

    …but in all honesty who will pay £125k a week for a young Spanish player?

    …makes you wonder who that player is…it’s a huge salary to command!

    It also tells us that we really couldn’t afford much before some players were moved on

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #82

    Sounds like we have been having significant trouble making room in the squad, and getting in the bodies we’ve targeted. That’s not a surprise given the circumstances, but the heartening part is that Rafa acknowledges the club is doing what it can. 100% committed. It’s massively important for this club, with all it’s unique demands, that we always have a truly top notch coach in place, paramount we do. Everything else follows.

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  • willowdalerez

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #83

    Think Canadian Mag must be right the Spaniard is probably Sandro Ramirez… young, CF and perfect for us (not to mention Rafa) but Everton have him on nutty wages.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #84

    wood floats our deadwood would have sunk us …………..we’ve made a start but we still have a mountain to climb with the rest of them, no easy task shifting some of this lot

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  • supermac69

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #85

    Cheers Ed just… cheers

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #86

    Peddle the lot of them pay them up and move on..

    Ashley should man up take the hit and allow rafa what he needs to keep the club up.

    Its his fubar policy that allowed this mess to happen so the buck stops with him.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #87

    Yeah, we probably are letting Rivierre go on a free and giving him a golden handshake so he will. These dud signings cost the club so much. Not just meaning a poor and unwanted player on the books, but also compromising the quality of their eventual replacement. We are not like the senior clubs, in that our transfer budget is much more finite. Only so much money.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #88

    willow,
    Is that right, like Rafa says it’s gone crazy, Koeman is going to be under some pressure

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #89

    Jimmy…it’s probably a deal with add-ons…hardly doubt as you say that we will get much if anything upfront for him

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #90

    Just been to the Rafa thing. Jail, it was £20 a ticket. Full house. He was great.

    He said he was not happy in January and not happy at the start of this window. When asked if he was happy now he said, HAPPY-ER.

    He said the fans are saying Rafa is saving the money to get a 25m striker but there is no chance of that. On a number of occassions he stated 25m players were out of our league and it simply would not happen.

    But he was still enthusiastic about the club and area and no way is he leaving.

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  • sobadithurts

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #91

    Ed. To keep this blog running with all the other more important things you have going on is just phenomenal.Take a bow sir and all the very best to you.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #92

    He did say we missed out on ALL our main targets. He mentioned Abraham was one. Also said he rang chelsea for Ake and was quoted 25m and said no chance and he ended up at bournemouth.

    Sounded to me like it was all about those youngsters we were reported to be after like LoftusCheek etc.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #93

    He also said he still needs players. But kept on about having to move players out.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #94

    Sounded to me like there is still money there but he cannot waste it on a big name. He needs to many players to fit into the team therefore it is going to be cheap ones like we’ve been getting.
    Rafa is great and I enjoyed listening to him but Ive walked away once again realising we just cannot compete and no way is anybody going to help us. It is either Rafa finding and developing a team or we are always going to be bottom half. I thought it sounded pretty grim.
    But not Rafa. He was superb and loves it here. He also said he saw this as a different kind of challenge.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #95

    Secret Sausage,
    Cheers for that, wish I’d been more on the ball with that, would have love to have gone

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #96

    I’d add we actually have been guilty of ensuring a percentage of these players will be duds.
    Little chance of stepping up a level, if you are coming into a squad without sufficient depth and balance and resulting low morale and confidence. That is most striking change under Rafa. Sorted that out as a matter of urgency.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #97

    S’S,
    Makes you wonder what he’s doing here if Ashley isn’t helping at all.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #98

    A bargain basement clear-out…both ways so to speak!

    …damn it! Was my worry all along

    Sausage…did he talk about wanting to move on specific players?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #99

    I think he’s here because he likes the quality of life he has in the UK. The control he’s sought and been given at the club. The fact that we are a genuinely big club, so dormant for so long. And I think he likes the idea of wiping our own nose and the challenge of building a winning side under such constraints. I think he likes the integrity of the task, at least I like to think that’s why he’s here. That and his 5million pound a year salary of course.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #100

    jesper. he did not give any names. but hammered home to everybody the need to be patient and support the team during games and that he does need to clear a few out and he does need some to come in but 25m players we can forget about that.
    I honestly enjoyed the evening but left feeling a little deflated because now it really is sinking in that it isn’t much difference to the last 10 years except having Rafa in charge and that he may be able to develop these so called lesser players.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #101

    I agree with Jimmy.
    He said he could go numerous places and told us all he has had a crazy offer to go to China but that he is at a club with 52k supporters at every game and the whole city is living it and he stays hear his family.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #102

    All the best Ed!!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #103

    Secret

    Well this summer is an odd one because we’ve just come out of the Championship.

    Next season with a 10th-15th finish we’ll be making £60m+ profit and Rafa we now know can do as he likes with it. Right now he’s trying to disintegrate and rebuild a strong squad capable of competing and remaining in the PL. Once that’s established we won’t need as much turnover of players and the 2 or 3 more proven quality signings can be made with that 60m + whatever we get back from outgoings, rather than signing potential.

    I’m optimistic. No reason the likes of Hayden and Murphy can’t go on to be the coveted big bucks players. If they do then that’ll mean we’re doing well on the pitch.

    Rafa is shrewd and is building club ethos once more. Very important comment was his one about personally needing to know the player wants to be here before pursuing them, seems to be a stab at former recruitment practices.

    How can you be pessimistic? Leicester won the league a less than 18 months ago!

    These £50m signings whilst might make some envious come with no guarantee unless you’re buying the very elite. Even Pogba underwhelmed at Man U so far and that Mbappe supposedly going for £160m is just ridiculous, he looks good but I’d expect him to make Messi look like a sub-human at that price. The hype sends people crazy. If somebody doesn’t fork that out for him I’d be wanting 50 goals a season minimum, the team to win every match he plays and him to shite gold nuggets.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #104

    JfA

    Rafa is here because he has total control and is as football mad as NUFC fans. China might have given him mega bucks, but at his age new language, new culture, undoubted politics and meddling, all for soulless clubs with no histories and poor quality.

    Rafa has the human element that KK and SBR had. It’s more than his profession this game. Banished are the complacent career duffers like McClaren and the sly, opportunist sleazeballs like Pardew. Now we have a manger with integrity, heart and standards!

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #105

    Even if we cant smash the transfer record before jan we still have enough to stay up

    Rafas gonna have to prove his mettle and get this lot to be all they can be.

    I still have faith we just need to stay clear of injuries ..

    God knows why rafas staying if thats how fatties treating him but he must believe he can keep us up or he would have walked away.

    Sdj and arrons are ” like new signings” if you squint really hard..

    Hwtl

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #106

    yeah I understand HWA
    I think I just build myself up to imagine us getting a really top striker with 3 solid midfielders in the middle. It isn’t far away. Something like Samaris, Merino and Shelvey (if the first two are any good), and already got wingers to do a job and if we got that great striker we’re really starting to look a prospect. But when I hear about this lack of money Im left thinking Gayle is going to be our best prospect for this season. So fingers crossed, we may get a surprise, or we may even get someone on loan.
    The uplifting thing is Rafa still being positive and knowing he must really have a long term plan up his sleeve.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #107

    Im just greedy and want it all NOW haha

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #108

    It’s a bit surprising Rafa completely ruling out a 25million purchase. What about the Sissoko cash, the unspent funds from previous deals? All spirited away and pit town to relegation losses.
    His is Charnley still in a job?
    One word…Rafa.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #109

    It’s a bit surprising Rafa completely ruling out a 25million purchase. What about the Sissoko cash, the unspent funds from previous deals? All spirited away and pit town to relegation losses.
    How is Charnley still in a job?
    One word…Rafa.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #110

    Yeah, strikers a worry. Key position. I think both Gayle and Mitro are good, but in this league you need someone really good. If you go with them, you are hoping they’ll step up, and that’s a fraught business. We need a third anyway, so it’ll be a big money loan, or a bright young starlet, most likely from Spain.

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  • manxpie

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #111

    Tbf he ain’t gonna reveal all his transfer plans or budget in public is he?
    Plus players costing 25+mill ain’t guarantees especially in today’s market
    pogba 90 million didn’t do much last season
    Spurs best players cost about 7 mill in alli and Kane their worst cost 30 mill
    We now have a manager who can improve players so not spending big big money isn’t the end of the world

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 27, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #112

    Goalscorers…
    You pay peanuts, you get monkeys, more often than not.
    Loan Batfella is our best hope if we have nee cash.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #113

    Silence descends on the blog as we realise it’s looking like its likely to be a rerun of the Gayle / Mitro show.

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  • SecretSausage

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #114

    You know thinking about it. If this new Spanish kid turns out to be very good and we get one more midfielder that is top notch then Gayle may be ok. At least until all the injuries pile up.

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  • tommotoon

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #115

    well i know a lot will disagree but i think if we could get andy carroll at a BARGAIN price he could do a job for us up front even more so because of his heading ability and the new wingers we have to get them crosses over to him he can be a real nightmare to any defence

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #116

    It could be worse coulda been born a mackem..

    Monkeys heed could have been ya dad..

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #117

    I think optimism is entirely warranted though. Rafa is too smart, experienced and professional to fail to find good solutions, and the owner is wealthy, and if push comes to shove will find more money if really needed. Too much at stake here to let it fail, for want of lending the club a bit more cash, when you can.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #118

    So there aren’t going to be any big signings. I think the Murphy deal was the biggest we will do. With big signings come big wages and we know they won’t agree to that. It means a real struggle this season with Ashley counting on Rafa saving us from relegation. If we do get relegated Rafa will walk. Very risky approach.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #119

    And the dead wood has taken far too long to clear out. Why the delay? Four weeks into the window and we’re still packed with poor players. They aren’t worth anything so just get their wages off the books. Haidara and Lazaar for example. Let them go for whatever we can get. I would take 1M or less for Haidar and a couple of meat pies for Lazaar….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #120

    If we end up with our normal complement of injuries the poop will hit the fans. We just aren’t strong enough to handle that. What is the plan Rafa? He must be the world’s biggest optimist….

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