Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez impressed by Jacob Murphy in training

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez (l) and coach Mikel Antia react during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle...

Newcastle United signed Jacob Murphy from Norwich City during the summer transfer window.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Rafael Benitez has insisted to the Chronicle that Jacob Murphy has impressed him in training for Newcastle United, even though he has barely featured so far.

Murphy was brought to Newcastle from Norwich City during the summer transfer window, but he has not made much of an impact at St. James’ Park yet.

Murphy has made just one Premier League start for Newcastle to date, when he featured in their victory over Swansea City.

Newcastle player Jacob Murphy in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

However, the 22-year-old wide man has been left on the substitutes’ bench for Newcastle’s last three matches.

And Benitez claims that it could take a while for Murphy to really start showing his quality for the Magpies.

“You go to Jacob Murphy for example,” the Spanish boss said.

“Another one who is a young player, who trains well, trains in another way, he has Atsu and [Matt] Ritchie playing well, so he needs some time to make sure he will be fine.”

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Bradford, England.

Murphy could have a chance to feature for Newcastle in their next match, after the international break, which comes against Southampton.

Newcastle are sweating over the fitness of both Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu, and if the pair do miss out, then Murphy looks to most likely member of Newcastle’s first-team to step into Benitez’s starting line-up.

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