West Bromwich Albion would have hoped they were getting a player who would really make a big impact in the final third for them in the second half of the season when they signed Jacob Murphy on loan from Newcastle United during the January transfer window, but it hasn’t really worked out that way.
Two goals in seven Championship appearances so far may look impressive on paper, but given he is a player who should be fighting to prove that he should be a starter at St James’ Park the 24-year-old simply hasn’t been good enough.
Having been left on the substitutes’ bench for the defeat against Leeds United earlier this month, he played the full 90 in the disappointing 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town at the weekend that ultimately brought an end to Darren Moore’s reign, but he was given a chance of a reprieve by caretaker boss Jimmy Shan against Swansea City at The Hawthorns on Wednesday.
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However the wide man failed to take his chance and, according to The Birmingham Mail’s West Brom correspondent Paul Suart’s player ratings, isn’t bringing much to the team at the moment.
He’s right as well.
Murphy failed to have a single shot during his 68 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu, while he also failed to make a key pass and was successful with only one of his four attempted crosses as he wasted many opportunities when in decent areas.
Perhaps most worrying was his general demeanour and attitude, as he seemed unwilling to put in the yards for his team and didn’t seem overly committed when it came to 50/50 challenges for the ball.
If reports are to be believed, West Brom will take their time to appoint Moore’s successor and the Magpies loanee needs to seriously buck up his ideas if he wants to be anywhere near the XI under whoever the new manager might be.
It’s not only in the short-term that he needs to prove himself though, because his Newcastle career will go up in flames if he continues in the same manner he is right now.