Before Joe Willock started banging in late goals, there was another Magpie who had some key late-game heroics to rescue points this season.
Early in the campaign, Jacob Murphy whipped in a beautiful free-kick with just minutes remaining after Wolves had taken a late lead. It wasn’t the only time Jacob would come through for Newcastle.
In December against West Brom, Murphy came on as a second-half substitute to deliver an inch-perfect cross which Dwight Gayle headed in late in that match to get what turned out to be our last win for a couple of months.
Murphy contributed another dramatic assist against Aston Villa in early March. Jacob came off the bench late with another perfect cross into the box. This time it was Jamaal Lascelles who headed the ball in for a point in the dying seconds.
The 26-year-old has spent much of this season in and out of the team. Though that’s changed over the last four matches as Bruce reverted to a 5-3-2 bringing Murphy, Matt Ritchie, and Sean Longstaff into the fold.
Murphy has kept his place with some excellent performances including a massive equalizer at Burnley, a match which Allan Saint-Maximin went on to see that Newcastle won.
Jacob has returned to Newcastle after spending the bulk of the last two seasons out on loan to the Championship. While he’s not a guaranteed starter, he’s had a big impact on this team this season.
The Sun is reporting that Newcastle and Murphy are set for talks over a new contract once safety is confirmed. There have been recent claims that his current deal doesn’t expire until 2022 and that is backed by this report.
The article also says that Watford are planning a £6m bid for the winger this summer. The Hornets have already attained automatic promotion on their first try. Burnley and Southampton are credited with an interest as well.
It’s a no-brainer at this point to get Jacob signed up on a new deal. You’ll not find a better replacement for £6m and he’s proven to be a very solid squad player with a flair for the dramatic.