Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy is set to be rewarded with a chance in the Premier League this season, with Steve Agnew delivering a dagger blow to the hopes of Rangers and Nottingham Forest (Chronicle).
Three years after a boyhood Newcastle fanatic sealed his dream move to St James’ Park, the £12 million signing will finally get the chance that was never afforded to him under Rafa Benitez.
The Spaniard’s successor, Steve Bruce, has already breathed fresh life into Dwight Gayle’s Magpies career after a loan spell in the Championship, and Murphy will be handed a similar opportunity in 2020/21.
But according to Agnew, speaking on Bruce’s behalf, Murphy has a part to play in black and white.
“He has genuine pace. Confidence is the key word. He also added goals to his game in the Championship and finished with nine in a successful loan period,” Agnew says.
“He’s certainly taken the manager’s eye in this short pre-season so we will keep on with Jacob to get on with his work.
“I’m sure he will be around it this season.”
Murphy offered a timely reminder why Newcastle once paid £10 million for him during a stunning loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season, producing seven goals and assists in his final eight games of the campaign.
With Bruce looking to introduce a more attacking, attractive style at Newcastle, a goal-scoring winger with ‘genuine pace’ could rapidly emerge as a key player.
Newcastle United’s opening fixtures of 2020/21
West Ham (A)
Manchester United (H)