Newcastle have loaned out Murphy to West Bromwich Albion until the end of the season, sparking speculation over where his future lies.
There has been some debate over whether Murphy will ever play another game for Newcastle.
However, Benitez is still reportedly a fan of the youngster, and feels he has a lot of good qualities.
The Newcastle boss may not believe that Murphy is quite ready to make an impact on the Magpies’ first-team right now, but he does see plenty of potential in the 23-year-old.
Murphy’s showings in training are said to have encouraged Benitez, who has been impressed by the youngster’s pace and dexterity, as he can use either foot.
Newcastle are now hoping that Murphy’s loan to West Brom can help him refine his skill, and that he will return to them a better player for next season.
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