Jacob Murphy had a mediocre season last term but has returned early to Newcastle and knows this season is a crucial one for him and he wants to do well.
Rafa Benitez is determined to have extra competition for places in the first team next season, and Murphy is determined to fight for his place on the team.
The 23-year-old has good technical skills, and he is learning a lot under Rafa Benitez and was a bit surprised at how much harder it is in the Premier League compared to playing in the Championship.
Jacob Murphy – in action at Manchester United last season
This is what the Wembley-born player of Gateshead-born parents has said on nufcTV when asked if this was a big season for him:
“I hope so. It needs to be, really.” “Hopefully, this will be my breakthrough season at the club.”
“But I know that there’s going to be competition from Matty, Atsu, Rolando (Aarons), so I’ll be raring to go.”
“I put that pressure on myself because I really wanted to make an impact,”
“Looking back on it now, maybe I shouldn’t have been so hard on myself, I should have just let it happen naturally.”
“I really enjoyed it,” “I learned lots and lots from it. It was a massive step up from the Championship.”
“I thought it would be difficult, but I didn’t realize how difficult it was.”
“Once I adjusted to it, and got that run of games in around Christmas time, that’s when I felt I was really kicking on.”
“In terms of the season as a whole, I improved as a player and settled in well with my team-mates.”
“There’s a lot to adjust to – like the pace, and then you’re playing against better players who know the game a bit more.”
“You’ve got to be more switched on and figure things out on the pitch quicker than what you usually have to.”
“I’ve started with the work now,” “I’ve got a massive season ahead.”
“Personally, I know I’ve got to come back in tip-top shape and raring to go.”
“Now the fans know a bit more about me,” “They will know even more about me, hopefully, this coming season.”
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
We signed Jacob from Norwich last summer for around £12M and his twin brother Josh has joined newly promoted Cardiff City from Norwich this summer.
Josh cost about £12M – a similar fee to what Newcastle paid for Jacob.
So both players are hoping they can play against each other in our second game this season at Cardiff City.
Murphy has a good temperament and good character and is willing to learn under Rafa Benitez and fight for his place; that alone should help him become successful on Tyneside.
He will have significant competition – but he already knows that.
Last season he played 28 times for Newcastle with one goal and one assist.