If the Premier League League steps up to the plate soon and allows the Amanda Staveley led takeover of Newcastle to go through, there are several players whose Newcastle career will be over.
One of those is likely to be winger Jacob Murphy, who has been on loan since January of last year.
He was at West Brom from January of last season, and this season he has spent time on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
The 25-year-old has played 41 times in all competitions this season with 7 goals and 4 assists, so he has had a decent loan spell at Hillsborough.
But Jacob (shown above in Sheffield Wednesday’s colors) has had a tough time of it at Newcastle since Rafa Benitez signed him in July 2017 for a fee of around £12M.
It has not turned out to be a good buy by Rafa.
Jacob’s only played 41 games for Newcastle with a single goal and 3 assists, and we don’t see much of a future for this player on Tyneside, especially if the takeover is approved,
But it seems like Owls’ manager Garry Monk is keen on the winger and wants to keep Jacob in Sheffield for next season.
This is what Monk has said as reported in the Yorkshire Live:
“I’ve been delighted with him,”
“I’ve said if there is an opportunity to bring him back next year, we don’t know yet because we’re not even concentrating on that, but if there was then he’s the type of player I want to work with.”
“He’s improving and has improved throughout the season.”
“If the opportunity is there (bring him back) then yes, but we want to concentrate on these games and then take care of that side of it afterwards.”
Newcastle will not know whether Jacob is available until the Premier League breaks the logjam on the takeover.
He has a better chance of being recalled to Tyneside, if Steve Bruce is still the manager next season, and Jacob seems to have improved a lot while on loan this season.
But the Premier League is a lot tougher than the Championship, of course.
What do you think?