Jacob Murphy is taking his time to come through at Newcastle and his first season was only mediocre, but he is young and is still learning his trade from one of the best in the business – Rafa Benitez.
Jacob may get a start tonight at Nottingham Forst, but Christian Atsu hasn’t played much, and maybe the Ghanaian International will get the nod tonight.
Murphy started 13 Premier League games last season and made 28 appearances in total, and the two first-choice wingers at the moment are Kenedy and Ritchie, who has been his usual bundle of energy in the first three games.
There’s no doubt that Murphy has the skills – he just needs to understand the game and the tactics better – and he should learn quickly under Rafa.
Jacob Murphy – in action against Chelsea last Saturday
Rafa doesn’t seem to be too worried and admits it will take time for Murphy to reach his full potential.
This is what Rafa has said in Chronicle Live today when asked about the (limited) progress of Murphy:
“Talking about this team, I think that you have to give credit to all of them because as I have said so many times before they train really well, they work really hard.”
“Every game you can see their application, you can see them in their defensive shape, and still we have to improve in the transition and in attack.”
“Jacob is a young player and he is not playing too many games, but in every training session we work on little things, and he is improving.”
“He is improving every day and he will become a much better player. How long will it take to reach his peak? Still, I think he needs a couple of years to reach his level.”
“But if you analyze him; he has stamina, he has pace, he can show with both feet – so he has a lot of things.”
“But he needs to improve the other things to make sure that he can maximise what he already has.”
“He has the potential, he is doing things much better, but still he has so much room for improvement, which is the positive thing.”
Over the last two seasons under Rafa, there’s no doubt our fans have taken to the team because every player gives his all for the cause.
That’s just one reason Rafa is the perfect manager for the club – because he demands that from his players and he only signs players who want to play for the famous black and whites.
Jacob Murphy was very anxious to join Newcastle because his parents are Geordies and Newcastle fans.
We are hoping he will come through big time to play at his best and maybe sooner than Rafa thinks.
The fans are giving the lad lots of support which is good because he’s said he is a confidence player.
We should see him in action sometime tonight at Nottingham Forest.
Let’s hope we can get the win tonight – one pundit said it would be a 1-1 draw – but the game has to be decided tonight – they will go to penalties if it’s a draw after 90 minutes.