One way Rafa Benitez may be thinking of how to solve the Salomon Rondon situation and not have to pay West Brom £16M for a 30-year-old- is to offer Jacob Murphy in part exchange for him.
That would cut the £16M price tag for the Venezuelan and help bring Rondon to Newcastle on a permanent basis in the summer.
But it doesn’t look like Murphy has been too impressive on loan at West Brom – so far.
Jacob Murphy – on loan at the Baggies
“Murphy has been pretty indifferent, all in all.”
The winger took a little time to warm up; against Stoke and for the first 45 minutes against Nottingham Forest four days later he looked shaky, and unable to beat his man.”
“He grabbed his first goal in the second half of that game against Forest, and that unquestionably lifted him a little.”
“Murphy played his part in a big derby win at Villa beyond that, and the best we’ve seen of him came after that, at QPR.”
“He scored a fabulous goal down in the capital and generally looked threatening. Since, his performances haven’t been there and he was dropped at Brentford last Saturday.”
“In those aforementioned performances, yes – the criticism was fair. New surroundings, lack of regular football prior to that, confidence levels, it could have been down to a number of things.”
“It’s something clearly interim boss Jimmy Shan has noticed too, which prompted him to bench Murphy last weekend.”
“His goals will have done that (given him some confidence). That was evident the moment he netted against Forest, his performance picked up after that.”
“It seems he could do with another at the moment, after another couple of iffy displays more recently.”
“Competition is stiff at Albion with Jefferson Montero, Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards in there too so Murphy will have to earn it.”
Things can improve but it looks like Jacob is not doing too well – but he is a confidence player and without confidence, he looks ordinary.
it could be that Rafa takes him back in the summer and tries to get his confidence back up; we’ve seen he has good skills so he can still make it at Newcastle
But he must improve his game – quickly.
And West Brom are still with a decent chance of promotion and are currently in 4th place with 67 points form 38 games, 7 points behind Sheffield United and an automatic promotion spot.
What do you think?