Jacob Murphy started his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday with a bang. He got a debut goal against Barnsley and looked a threat for the Owls.
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However, Jacob’s past month at Hillsborough has reflected his career at Newcastle to date. Murphy struggled when he got on the pitch for Newcastle until ultimately being sent on loan to West Brom last January. At The Hawthorns, Jacob still blew hot and cold as he failed to find a balance in his performances.
Now Murphy’s problems with consistency are starting to hamper a second loan spell in the Championship. Though it is still early in the season, and Jacob still has time to find ways to keep his performances at a high level.
Jacob Murphy– struggling with inconsistency at Hillsborough
Sheffield Wednesday manager Lee Bullen has spoken about Murphy in the Sheffield Star. This is what he has said about the 24-year-old winger:
“He has sort of been very good and then a little bit quiet at times. I think he’ll admit that himself.
“He held his hand up at Preston. But you can see from some of the flashes early on, I think it was the first minute against Rotherham. He skins the boy, puts it through his legs, gets up the line.
“And that’s what we need to see more of and that’s what we’re trying to encourage him to do. We want him to get the ball to feet and get driving at defenders because there’s nothing worse for any full-back than when you’ve got a winger who’s willing to pick it up and drive at you.
“More often than not they want to get a touch, come inside and bounce one-twos off the strikers. They don’t want to get it faced up and go one-on-one like Kadeem [Harris] has been doing; like Jacob did earlier on.
“I think he’s quite enjoying himself, but I think he knows there’s more in the tank and we’re trying to encourage him to get that out of him.”
This past week has been a challenging one for Jacob at Sheffield Wednesday. He was pulled at halftime last weekend at Preston and only made the bench in this past weekend’s game against QPR. He did, however, play well in the mid-week Carabao cup match at Rotherham and fellow Newcastle loanee Dan Barlaser.
Jacob needs to do what Bullen is telling him and play to his strengths. Jacob’s pace and ability to beat his man to put in crosses is what he should be concentrating on doing. That type of direct play suits Jacob. It will also help the Owls who have lost three of their last four games in the league and currently lie in 11th place.
Jacob’s chance at Newcastle has most likely passed barring an unexpected surge in his performances. He is still relatively young at just 24 but has been plagued by bouts of inconsistency throughout his career. Hopefully, Lee Bullen can help Jacob achieve an equilibrium in his game where he puts in performances week in and out.