Steve Bruce didn’t take a very long look at Jacob Murphy last season before sanctioning his loan move to Sheffield Wednesday. Murphy was just coming off a lukewarm loan spell with West Brom during the second half of the previous season.
Jacob started slowly at Sheffield Wednesday as he struggled with consistency early. It was a familiar problem for the young winger. However, something changed in the new year. The 25-old began getting more games and started to produce the goods.
In the final 20 games of last season, Murphy scored 7 goals and provided 5 assists. He ended his loan spell with 4 goals in the final 5 games.
Jacob returned to Newcastle in the summer to fight for his future with the club he’s supported since he was a young lad. He carried his hot finish with him to help him earn an unlikely squad place this year.
Murphy has taken his chances so far playing very well in his two Carabao Cup starts. Last weekend, he was handed his big chance in the Premier League with a start at Wolves. Murphy certainly took his chance as he scored on a free-kick to snatch a point for Newcastle.
After the match, Murphy spoke about the research he did on Wolves keeper Rui Patricio the night before. It turns out Murphy started that practice last season during his loan spell at Hillsborough.
This is what Murphy told NUFC TV when asked about his research before the Wolves match:
“It’s something I started doing a lot more last season when I was away on loan. Analyzing the opposition with a lot of detail and analyzing my own game.Advertisement
“I research top players in my position and I’m taking bits from their game and trying to add it into mine.
“I felt that doing this analysis and research has been highly beneficial. I’ve been able to add new aspects to my game which has ultimately made me a better player. Which is good.
“The research and stuff is a massive part of what I do now.”
Bruce said after the match on Sunday that he saw the difference in Murphy this year from last. So Murphy has put in the work both on the pitch and off it to improve as a player. He’s been outstanding in the games he’s played this season and has a chance to win an extension if he keeps up his hard work.