Were Newcastle United wrong to sell Daryl Murphy to Nottingham Forest?

Newcastle player Daryl Murphy celebrates after scoring the opening goal as Aleksandar Mitrovic (r)  lays injured during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Birmingham City and...

Newcastle United’s strikers are struggling, but one whom they let go is doing the business.

Newcastle player Daryl Murphy celebrates after scoring the opening goal as Aleksandar Mitrovic (r)  lays injured during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Birmingham City and...

Not only did Newcastle United fans have to endure three Watford goals at St James’ Park on Saturday, they had to sit through another display of toothless finishing from their strikers.

The 3-0 defeat to the Hornets was the third game out of four in which the Magpies have failed to score, leaving them on 11 goals from the first 13 Premier League games of the season.

United's striking unit of Joselu, Ayoze Perez, Dwight Gayle and the out-of-favour Aleksandar Mitrovic have managed only five top-flight goals between them in 35 appearances this term.

Joselu of Newcastle United reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

That total is two fewer than the amount of goals already scored by Nottingham Forest’s Daryl Murphy, whom Rafael Benitez allowed to leave in the summer after only one season.

Murphy was never first choice under Benitez but came up with a few important goals in his handful of Newcastle outings to help them secure promotion from the Championship.

The 34-year-old is largely untested in the Premier League, but had he stayed he would offer the Magpies a presence up top that they miss because of Benitez’s refusal to use Mitrovic.

 

After a promising start to life on Tyneside, it has quickly become apparent why Joselu spent so much time on the bench at Stoke City. The Spaniard does not offer enough over 90 minutes.

Murphy may be an unfashionable centre forward by top-flight standards, but he knows where the goal is and Benitez may be cursing the fact that he is finding it for Forest, rather than his team.

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