Date: 14th March 2021 at 11:35am
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Newcastle United journalist has been sharing his thoughts on Toon midfielder Jacob Murphy and his role in Steve Bruce’s squad this season. 

This comes after Ryder made an appearance on The Chronicle’s Everything Is Black & White Podcast where he reflected on Newcastle’s recent 1-1 draw against Villa in the Premier League.

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On the subject of Murphy, who came on as a second-half substitute in the game against Villa and ended up assisting Jamaal Lascelles’ late equaliser to rescue a point for the Toon, Ryder had this to say about the midfield man.

He said: “I mean, Murphy, first of all, I thought he had a decent game, obviously could have scored what would have been the winner, then sets up a vital equaliser and I think if you go back to that Wolves game where he scored an equaliser from a free-kick, his contributions this season could end up delivering some valuable points.

“I think he’s definitely been a decent player this season for Newcastle, I hope he gets another opportunity. Maybe he will be suited to this system, you just never know.”

Newcastle signed Murphy back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Norwich for a fee of £10.17 million.

Overall, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.15 million, has made 62 appearances for the Tyneside in which he has managed to score three goals and provide six assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Lee Ryder’s comments on Murphy…

During his time on the pitch against Villa, Murphy made two key passes, the joint-highest of any Newcastle player that played in the game (per WhoScored).

Given how Murphy managed to earn himself a match rating of 7.67/10 for his cameo appearance against Villa, making him the highest-rated player on the night, this shows that not only did Murphy make a significant impact on the game when he came on but perhaps highlights just how disappointing everyone else in the game was.

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Moving forward, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not this substitute performance from Murphy was enough to persuade Bruce to start him in Newcastle’s next league clash against Brighton & Hove Albion.