During his press conference for Wolves, Eddie Howe raved about Jacob Murphy’s contributions this term. The winger has appeared in every league match though generally as an impact substitute.
Howe hinted that Murphy was in line for a start saying:
“I think he’s done very well off the bench this year but that’s not to say that’s his sole role. He’s done well when he’s come on in the last few games and that’s not lost on me.
“He’s pushing to start and there’s no doubting his qualities.”
That proved to not be lip service as Murphy was in the starting eleven on the right wing replacing Miguel Almiron who had previously started every league match.
Murphy got the job done with a solid display in his first start since the FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough in January. Almiron was not to be outdone as he took on the super sub role with a late match winner.
That sets up some intrigue heading into the match at Nottingham Forest on Friday. Will Jacob retain his place or will Miggy resume duties down the right flank?
Howe has provided some further speculative fodder with the following comment to The Chronicle about Almiron:
“I would not say he’d had a tough six weeks. I think he has been excellent.
“Maybe he hasn’t had the goals he had earlier in the season, but by his high standards that is very difficult to replicate on a consistent basis.
“I just felt a rest and a refresh of him would do him the world of good.”
Howe’s team selection will again be a point of intrigue. He made five changes to spur the first win since January. Whether he’ll continue that trend or reward the eleven who downed Wolves remains to be seen.