With all the speculation over targets and expiring contracts, the future of Jacob Murphy has flown under the radar recently. The 26-year-old is coming off his best spell in a Newcastle shirt after starting the final nine matches of the season at right wing-back.
Like a few other Magpies, Jacob is entering the final year of his contract. After his exploits this past season, it should be a no-brainer for Newcastle to tie down Jacob on a new long-term deal.
Hopefully, that is in the works this summer to stave off increasing interest in the wide man. Murphy has been a long-term target of Scottish Champions Rangers. Recently it emerged that Premier League trio Leeds, Southampton, and Watford are admirers and keeping tabs on his situation.
Football Insider have added Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen and Turkish club Galatasaray to Murphy’s list of suitors. Newcastle reportedly value Jacob at just £3m but that is likely only due to his contract situation.
While Steve Bruce has limited funds to work with this summer, selling Murphy for £3m to pad his budget would be a silly decision. Murphy’s proven himself to be a Premier League quality player and a suitable replacement would cost closer to the £10m Newcastle paid for him four years ago.
This past season has been a dream come true for Jacob. His Newcastle career seemed all but over just two years ago before an impressive loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday forced him into Bruce’s thinking last summer.
Murphy impressed in pre-season and ended this past campaign as one of Newcastle’s key contributors. So Newcastle should not entertain any offers that may come in for Jacob but rather get him on a new long-term contract as soon as possible.