Newcastle United summer signing Jacob Murphy was handed his first Premier League start for the club in their 1-0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but Magpies fans were unimpressed with his performance despite the victory.
The 22-year-old cost £12m when he joined from Norwich City in July and he started on the left-hand side of the three players behind Joselu up top, but struggled to make an impact on the match before being replaced by Christian Atsu in the 59th minute.
Jamaal Lascelles scored the winner for Rafa Benitez’s side 14 minutes from time with a thumping header from a Matt Ritchie corner, as the team picked up their second successive three points and clean sheet.
Newcastle supporters were quick to have their say on Murphy’s showing via social media, and while some questioned whether he was worth his £12m price tag, others thought that he was “out of his depth” against the Swans.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
How you can justify that price tag is beyond most Toon supporters.
— Steven Jacques (@stevenwjacques) September 10, 2017
Keep working, today's performance for you must be better.
— Dean Bailey (@baileynwo) September 10, 2017
Murphy and Perez needs to do better in theses games. #NUFC
— Tom Thorpe (@official_thorpe) September 10, 2017
Murphy had a tough game. Struggled defensively and gave the ball away too cheaply but early days for him. #NUFC
— AttackingCentreBack (@AttackingCB) September 10, 2017
Thought young Murphy looked lost today. I'm sure there is more to come from him though #nufc
— Eddy39 (@eddygraham39) September 10, 2017
Don't get me wrong he'll probably find his feet but £12m for Jacob Murphy? 😐🤦🏻♂️ #nufc
— Alex Simpson (@magic_magpie) September 10, 2017
Good substitution at a good time for once from #nufc. Looked a bit out of his depth Murphy today.
— Toon Stew (@toonarmyblog) September 10, 2017
Merino showing Sanches how its done
Lascelles, Clark, Merino, Ritchie, Gamez brilliant today.
Perez, Murphy, Manquillo poor.#nufc
— Andrew – NUFC (@Andrew_l_11_l) September 10, 2017