The two biggest signings Rafa Benitez has made for Newcastle in his tenure as the manager look dicey at best.
We brought in Jacob Murphy from Norwich 18 months ago for £12M and Rafa signed Yoshinori Muto for £9.5M from Mainz in the summer and both have struggled to make the Newcastle first team.
That’s almost £22M that has not spent well although Rafa also has brought in players like Ki, Dubravka, Fernandez, and Schar for just £13M in total last summer.
Murphy has been inconsistent and that’s one portion of his game that Rafa is keen to see some improvement in.
Jacob Murphy in action against Blackburn
The 23-year-old has been used sparingly by the manager and Saturday was only his 4th start in 10 appearances this season.
This is what Rafa has said about Murphy as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We have to keep working with him.”
“You can see the prices in the market, so I think we are still short in terms of how much we have spent, so we have to keep going and working with him.”
“When you have players in these kinds of games, where they have not been playing, then at least they have to try, and I think they tried,”
“Confidence is something you have to keep going and searching for. That’s the only way.”
” I can give them confidence, training every day and talking with them. At the end of the day it depends how games go.”
“We have to keep going. On a day like this, I had to make substitutions to try to save the game. They have to perform, and that’s it.”
“All of them on the pitch who had not been playing had an opportunity; they have to decide what commitment they show, and I think they did that.”
“You can be better or worse on the ball, have more luck, but at least they try. We can analyze from that.”
“Murphy still has the potential and I hope he will come good. You have to play well to play more games, that is the circle.”
Things are hardly looking upbeat at Newcastle at the moment – just 7 days into the new year.
What can change the mood is if we can take something out of the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
We must stay in the Premier League this season come hell or high water.
What do you think?