Newcastle should retain Jacob Murphy amid reported loan interest

West Bromwich Albion are keen to sign Jacob Murphy on loan from Newcastle United in January, per The Express and Star.

Murphy has made 12 appearances in all competitions thus far this season but the Championship club are hoping to take him on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

What’s the word?

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle paid £12million to sign Murphy from Norwich City in 2017.

However, he has struggled for form thus far this season and has yet to score in 2018-19, as per Transfermarkt. Indeed, he has netted just once for the Magpies in 40 games.

He has, however, provided two assists thus far this season, though he has yet to complete 90 minutes in the Premier League.

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The Baggies are reported to want Murphy to replace Harvey Barnes, who was recalled by Leicester City earlier in January, reports the BBC.

Murphy, an England Under-21 international, has plenty of Championship pedigree, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in 46 games in the second-tier, as per Transfermarkt.

Crazy to let him leave

Newcastle are yet to secure an attacking reinforcement thus far this month.

Sky Sports report that they have agreed a deal to sign defender Jordan Lukaku on loan from Lazio but they have yet to bring in a new forward player.

Thus, it would make little sense for Rafael Benitez to sign off on allowing Murphy to leave for the Championship.

He has yet to prove his worth to the Magpies but is surely an excellent option from the bench as an impact substitute, even with the wing-back system currently being employed by the Spaniard.

Were an attacking signing – Miguel Almiron, perhaps, with whom Newcastle have been linked with an offer remaining on the table according to The Chronicle – to join the club, perhaps that stance would be altered, and for good reason.

But as it is now, Murphy should be kept on the books, in the hope that he will be soon step up at St James’ Park.