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Loan Lad Faces Top Winter Target In Championship Today


Jacob Murphy made his eleventh appearance for Sheffield Wednesday in their 1-0 loss at Hull City. Jacob came on as 58th minute substitute for Kadeem Harris.

Jacob offered a little more in tonight’s match at the KCOM. He was taken down just on the edge of the box for a free kick in the 82nd minute. He also created a chance for Adam Reach in the 90th minute, but the midfielder fired his shot over the bar.

Possibly January target Jarrod Bowen made his 10th league start and played the entire game for the Tigers who have climbed to 12th place in the Championship. With the loss, Sheffield Wednesday move into the 8th spot.


Murphy has struggled on loan in the Championship this season after starting with a goal on his debut. He has lacked consistency again which also plagued his loan spell last year at West Brom.

The Shields Gazette had a report about Murphy’s loan spell last week. They asked Alex Miller with the Sheffield Star some questions about the winger’s performances on loan this season.

This what Alex Miller thinks is the reason for Murphy’s struggles of late:

“From what we’ve seen, he’s too easily pushed onto the fringes of a match and doesn’t seem to have either the confidence or the intelligence to drag himself back in.

But pace is a valuable commodity and if he can put that to better use more often he’ll be a very fine player at this level.”

On the subject of confidence, Miller was asked if he thought Murphy was lacking it at the moment:

“Very much so. After scoring on debut you could see this was a player with points to prove and the skills to prove them.

But he’s dwindled in recent weeks and seems reluctant to try things he would’ve had a go at in his early outings. He’s not shown for the ball quite as much and doesn’t have the air of a player who wants it.

When he gets it, he’s proven that he can beat his man and has pace to burn, but the Jacob Murphy Wednesday had in his first month with the club is very different to the one they have now.”

It’s still early for Murphy on his loan deal but he is twenty-four now and should be much more consistent at this level. Unless he can turn his early struggles around, it doesn’t look like he has much of a future at Newcastle.


48 comments so far

  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s Longstaff sold then

    Every single penny trousered

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  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Or maybe Jabba will buy someone for about 4 x what they are worth, again

    That’s if you trust him to be honest what he payed

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  • carltoon

    Oct 2, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Nicky that Psychologist needed her head examining leaving you. Your the perfect partner. A gentleman, Scholar, and know everything about football.

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  • carltoon

    Oct 2, 2019 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #4

    What more does a woman want. ??

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  • carltoon

    Oct 2, 2019 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Toon at the moment don’t think Longstaff is back to what he was last season before the injury. Don’t think anyone would want to buy him at this present time.

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  • Sports Direct FC

    Oct 2, 2019 at 3:15 AM

    Comment #6

    carltoon

    Agree somewhat but maybe its the coaching? Would like to see the brothers start together with shelvey injured.

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  • cyprus

    Oct 2, 2019 at 5:17 AM

    Comment #7

    The Spurs thrashing last night is proof that the score line doesn’t always tell the entire story.

    It was, generally, a competitive game!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 2, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Steve Bruce, the Defective Detective apparently doesn’t believe in tactics, formations or forensic analysis. Just as long as you try and move around, the case will just fall into your lap. It has certainly worked for him throughout his career of criminality and recorded in biographical detail.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Let’s see now
    Peter Kenyon formerly of Man Ure waiting on Ashley’ decision to sell by the deadline in 5 days time.
    Man Ure in crisis with Ole Solskar now trying to save his neck by creating the myth that he’s going to save that club by rebuilding with a new team of babes and hoover up young talent on the cheap including Longstaff .
    And all before Manure play United managed by one of their former players .
    Such utter predictable tripe peddled by hacks with nothing better to do.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #10

    lochinver, I have to agree to lazy journalism, did you see the fairy story in today’s mirror, more holes in it than my granddads socks.

    If not it’s here https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastle-were-set-appoint-new-20382154

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Micky
    You in turn could be accused of lazy blogging , when you say ,
    a report is “full of holes” but then fail to point out aforementioned holes.

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Pini Zahavi with PK at Chelsea
    Zahavi is Bruno Genesio’s agent
    So it’s conceivable that a sale could have been imminent

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  • Zele

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Longstaff is a shadow of his former (last season) self.

    Its either he hasn’t mentally recovered from his injury as he seems hesitant in his play as if worried about getting another injury.

    Or his head has been turned by ManU and has therefore decided to under perform thereby giving the club little choice but to sell him.

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #14

    With the turmoil at the club since summer
    Lobby probably wishes he’d gone to Old Trafford

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Or Longstaff has an unclear role in a shoddy midfield orchestrated by a bungling champo hack. Or a loss of confidence transmitted by the fire morale that has infected the squad. Or a loss of a top coach and mentor leaving him wondering if he’s really at the right club after all and maybe he should move to a club that would further his development such as his current managers early career choice. Or a combo of all the above. Probably that. Yep.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #16

    Yay jib stole a bit of my thunder there ha ha

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Dire morale.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Murphy has been used as an example of poor buying by …. You know who…. But he’s really an example of the minefield that exists when taking a punt on a development player. Whether it was sanctioned by the aforementioned or Ashley’s put heading team who knows, but he’s an illustration that it’s what’s in a player’s head that has the final say on how successful his development is going to be. He always did look like he had half a yard stolen from him by his lack of confidence in his own ability when he stepped up (prematurely of course) to premiership games. But he’s definitely got the ability in there somewhere. But the confidence that helped him score that lovely little chip against Man City rarely got taken out of the box. I wonder if he’s been cornered by a sports shrink yet?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d say on Longstaff it is more likely a combination of the distraction of a move, the new set up, and us as fans trying to grasp gleefully and over zealously onto the tiniest bit of hope/good news and exaggerating it.

    He undoutedly has talent, and hasn’t done himself justice this season so far. But at the same time we, myself included, grasped onto a home grown talent with big potential and over praised and over rated him last year. I don’t think the pressure of fans expectations has got to him, more that he just isn’t (yet) what we built him up to be.

    Man U won’t come knocking with £40mill and playing the longstaff brothers is a non starter. Matty should be out on loan. As hated as he is, for the good of the club and Matty’s future, Matty should have gone on loan, and ginger Jack should have been in making up the numbers.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #20

    I’m not a journalist Jib….

    I think i do my job rather well, it appals me that others can’t do theirs with a similar level of professionalism and dedication to the truth.

    But hey, I’m probably one of a dying breed.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Put heading team? Autocorrect I will come for you!!!!

    Purchasing team.

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Micky
    You have been hammered by some on here for being an ITK
    You’d think you would hesitate to mock others trying to inform us

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #23

    I can think of no logical reason Bruno Genesio would reference NUFC
    unless it was true.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #24

    I don’t foresee any of our breakthrough players of previous seasons progressing in Bruce’s squad. The mishmash approach to games and the regular beatings will do nothing for morale. They will basically spend each week being chucked in to random team spots in desperate games where they will be expected to defend every square foot of grass for 90 minutes hoping not to get hammered.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib there were evidently no contracts, just so much agent talk after a few coffees in hotel lounges. Idle throwaway comments about possibly maybe might have done this or that were as distant and worthless as the takeover chitchat itself. In fact what exactly was the point in Genesio mentioning it at all? I might have bought an AEG dishwasher in 2006. I might have booked a flight to Baku last year. Coulda woulda shoulda tosh.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #26

    Have you a heart there jib. That’s a keeper that is 🙂

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #27

    Gave not Have. Right where’s my axe??? 🙁

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  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib, the Mirror say it was a Kenyon bid, where it was the BZG bid. I can’t be bothered to show you all the other holes.

    I agree though, the BZG was very real, ashLIE tried to screw them just a little bit too much and they told him to foxtrot oscar.

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Perhaps
    Rather than pick holes you could try saying
    “Hhhmmm some folks were saying it was a combined bid
    maybe that’s true”

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #31

    I wonder how much sleep Steve Bruce is losing over our goal shy attack. It is a major major worry for sure. We simply don’t score enough goals, so the obvious thing to do is try to increase possession and with it create more chances.

    However, to do that we need to stretch the game and try to play higher up the pitch, inevitably leaving ourselves more vulnerable at the back. So far we’ve shipped goals, created no more and scored none, and that’s as big a problem as you can have.

    It is incredible that we let Perez and Rondon go. Two players who not only did the bread and butter stuff so well with and without the ball, but who also provided the assists and goals that not only kept us up but allowed us to compete against top half sides, and goes to show how desperately little Ashley knows about football.

    Andy Carroll’s fitness is now critically important to our chances of survival, and Bruce will know it, as is the addition in January of another winger/inside forward who can score and create.

    Pray Andy Carroll stays fit then, not sure how much control we have over that, and we must sell Gayle and perhaps one of Muto or Atsu too, if we have to, and bring in a forward of genuine quality and bottle, or we are in real trouble.

    I’m sure Steve Bruce has figured this out by now, just as I’m sure he increasingly realizes that under this owner the odds are stacked against it happening, simply because he doesn’t grasp the desperate need.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Micky…….. Surely if BZG had completely given up on the takeover they would have issued a face saving statement to give their version of events.
    Any thoughts off the record? No backlash!

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #33

    cyprus@7
    The Spurs thrashing last night is proof that the score line doesn’t always tell the entire story.
    It was, generally, a competitive game!

    Unlike one I watched recently !

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Until everyone matches jibs standards could you all stop posting please.

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #35

    OP
    No need for that !
    There are only one or two (not you)
    capable of matching my standards
    😛

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  • Jib

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #36

    Carry on posting bloggers – no need to stop

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  • hibbit

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #37

    definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely definitely i think we might be sorted 😉

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s always the ones that get away…

    “Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been at that level to play the games,” said West Brom manager Tony Pulis a couple of months before Serge Gnabry returned to Arsenal in January 2016.
    Six months later the Gunners sold him to Werder Bremen for less than £5m.
    On Tuesday, Gnabry became the first player to score four goals in the second half of a Champions League game as Bayern Munich destroyed Tottenham 7-2.

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  • geordietom

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #39

    definitely, works for me …

    :d

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  • geordietom

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #40

    😀

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