Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy must improve as loan exit moves closer

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Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy is reportedly heading to Sheffield Wednesday on loan during the final day of the summer transfer window.

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The Magpies’ transfer activity has sprung to life in the past few weeks as they welcomed Joelinton as well as Allan Saint-Maximin to the club.

However, as the deadline moves closer, two players could be heading through the exit door to Sheffield Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening, it was suggested the Owls were trying to do a deal for Rolando Aarons but a more feasible move now looks to be for Murphy.

That’s according to Keith Downie who claims the 24-year-old is in Sheffield for a medical with Wednesday.

He says a season-long loan deal has been agreed.

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Murphy hasn’t had the best of times since moving to the north east from Norwich.

Since arriving, he’s scored just one goal in 41 games on Tyneside, enduring a rather toothless streak in front of goal.

During that time, he’s claimed just three assists. Things didn’t get much better for him during a loan spell with West Brom throughout the second half of last term either.

He struggled to make an impact at the Baggies and scored just twice whilst at the Hawthorns. It appears his end-product is severely lacking and another loan move to the Championship could be his last opportunity to impress.

When Murphy returns next summer he’ll only have one year left on his current contract with Newcastle.

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If he does well at Wednesday then it may convince the manager to extend his contract. Yet, if he throws up similar performances to the ones we’ve seen in the last few years he could be in bother.

This really does feel like the last chance saloon for the wide man who will likely be hoping to have the platform to improve at Hillsborough.

Murphy is still young, but his career to date has been rather underwhelming. His displays in the Championship last term over 15 games were inconsistent, providing just one assist so he’ll have to find a way to get better.

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