Jacob Murphy had an excellent second half on Saturday and scored a goal that showed his talent when he deftly chipped the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
That made the score at the Etihad Stadium 2-1 with just over 20 minutes to play.
Sergio Aguero then scored a late goal to make it 3-1, but for the second time against City this season we were in with a chance in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Jacob made a slow start to his Newcastle career, but at the time Rafa said he was improving with almost every training session.
Jacob Murphy – scoring his first goal ever for Newcastle
Jacob kept Matt Ritchie out of the team on Saturday and showed he has the skill and talent and can score some goals.
Rafa will still bring him on slowly, and he had this to say about the former Norwich City winger in the Chronicle:
“He is a young player, and he has to learn.”
“I would say coming from the Championship to the Premier League, to play at this level against the likes of Manchester City, it is a very long way.”
“He still has plenty of room for improvement.
“He is the type of player that some new signings would really help.”
He is a young player with talent, and when a player like that has experienced players around them, they will go and become better players.”
Jacob is looking to be a terrific signing Rafa made last summer.
Second in the voting is local lad Paul Dummett who made tackles and blocks all game long and he now looks a better player than we thought he was.
He’s improving all the time with Rafa’s guidance, and we know Rafa rates Paul highly as a solid defender.
Next in the voting is goalkeeper Karl Darlow who made some great saves to keep the score down.
Karl had an excellent game, and he was under pressure most of the time.