Jacob Murphy has been on fire for Sheffield Wednesday since the lockdown ended, and the Owls resumed their season at the end of June. It had been a frustratingly inconsistent loan spell for the 25-year-old for much of the season though he started showing signs of improvement around the new year.
The winger had a promising January where he started 3 of the 4 matches and chipped in with 2 goals to double his season total up to that point to 4. Before the new year, Murphy was in and out of Garry Monk’s squad, where he just couldn’t hold down a consistent place in the side.
But despite getting more opportunities, Sheffield Wednesday were plummetting down the table with just 1 win in eleven games during the winter months. In February, Murphy found himself in and out of the side again.
However, he was handed three straight starts before the coronavirus shut the season down. In those matches, Jacob delivered with a goal and an assist.
But it’s been since the season resumed that Jacob’s stock has risen. He’s started 8 of the 10 matches, scoring four goals and assisting on 4 more. While Garry Monk’s side never really turned around their poor form since December, Murphy has now become a wanted man at Hillsborough.
He finished the season with 9 goals and 6 assists in his 44 appearances. Owls fans seem to really want him back for next season, which would be Jacob’s final under his current contract.
During a Q&A on Examiner Live, Sheffield Wednesday writer Dom Howson was asked about the chances Sheffield Wednesday had of bringing Murphy back next season.
This was Howson’s answer:
I think it will be tough. Murphy has seriously put himself in the shop window with the form he has shown in 2020. I can see a scenario where there will be a number of clubs keeping a close eye on his situation.
It also remains unclear whether Newcastle will be prepared to loan him out again next season or look to cash in. If it is the latter, that could make a deal tricky for Wednesday.
We suspect Newcastle would prefer to offload Murphy to recoup some of the £12m paid for him in 2017. Even though he’s had a very dominating stretch to close this season, we suspect his time at Newcastle is all but over.
However, with limited funds in the coffers for new signings, Bruce could take a cursory look at Murphy in the preseason. But we don’t expect Jacob to be a part of Newcastle’s plans going forward.