Jacob Murphy scored his second goal for Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday against Blackburn. It was his first goal for the Owls since his debut against Fulham in August. However, it came during another late cameo appearance for the Championship club.
Since Jacob was pulled at half-time against Preston on August 24th, he has only started one match in the league. Those lack of starts has spanned across two managers, and Murphy still has not been able to get a steady stream of starts while on loan.
In early September, Garry Monk was appointed as the new manager replacing caretaker Lee Bullen. It was Monk who gave Murphy his last start on September 14th, but Jacob was replaced after 60 minutes in the 0-2 win at Huddersfield and has been limited to late-game substitute appearances ever since.
However, this past weekend he finally got on the score sheet once again after an 83rd-minute strike against Blackburn. He had just come on in the 70th minute for his first appearance in three league games.
Jacob Murphy– scoring against Blackburn
Garry Monk has preferred 26-year-old Adam Reach on the right-wing over Jacob Murphy since being appointed. Reach can really play all over the pitch but has settled on the right under Monk lately.
Jacob Murphy will have to fight to regain a place in the starting eleven, and maybe his goal this past weekend will help his cause.
Speaking in the Sheffield Star, the 24-year-old expressed his frustration with being out of the side for such a long stretch:
“It is tough, but you’ve just got to keep grinding it out.
“I’ve been staying focused but it is tough, there’s two other brilliant wingers here and since Garry Monk came in, they’ve been playing really well. If you’re playing well like that then you don’t change the team.
“I’ve been grinding it out and my job is to give the manager a headache. Hopefully, I can keep on doing that.”
Consistency has plagued Jacob throughout his career, and that has followed him on his two loan spells since joining Newcastle in 2017. He was in and out of the West Brom side last season on loan as well.
However, Jacob seems to have the right attitude as he knows it’s up to him to keep plugging away to force Garry Monk into a tough decision. Jacob also expressed his understanding of his situation at Sheffield Wednesday:
“I’m enjoying it, but I want to play games. From time to time you’re not going to be in the team. When you’ve got two wingers in front of you that are doing a good job, then you have to wait your turn and be patient with it.”
While it is highly doubtful that Murphy will ever play for Newcastle again, he can still have a solid career in football. Right now, he is in the shop window for his next club.
His current deal ends in 2021, and he is likely to either be sold or go out on loan again next year. He is going to have to show dramatic improvement if he aspires to get back into a Premier League side in the future.