Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder believes Newcastle United’s Jacob Murphy should be handed a new deal at St. James’ Park.
Murphy was on target for Newcastle on Sunday as they took a giant step towards Premier League safety.
The Magpies came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor, putting six points between themselves and 18th-placed Fulham.
Murphy pulled Newcastle level just before the hour mark, superbly guiding his shot into the corner from the edge of the area after Allan Saint-Maximin’s lay-off.
Of the team’s starting outfielders, only Federico Fernandez (7.5) was awarded a higher SofaScore rating than Murphy (7.3).
According to their figures, the right-wing back made two tackles and created two chances in addition to his goal.
Newcastle nearing decision time on Murphy
Murphy is now into the final months of his deal. As it stands, he’ll be leaving St. James’ Park as a free agent in the summer.
And club correspondent Ryder has urged Newcastle to tie down Murphy next.
“Worth a new deal? Yes I’d say,” he tweeted.
These Newcastle fans agree with Ryder’s Murphy assessment
“He’s a bit frustrating but he’s one of the few players at the club who can cross a ball well and he’s got good pace. He’s definitely our best option at right wing-back.”
“If they are giving one to Gayle who is past 30 and contributing very little, then absolutely. The only reason not to give him one is if they had a superior player lined up to replace him in the side, which they won’t.”
“If they gave a new deal to Shelvey and want to give one to Gayle and let Murphy go after his improved performances then someone needs to start an inquest!”
“YES. But let this be the start of him getting a chance and not being frozen out just because of a few bad games, and don’t give him a contract if he is going to be out the team like Matty Longstaff. Feel sorry for him. He should have left.”
“Absolutely! Pleased we have been forced into using a system that lets him and Richie get on the pitch…”
“Yes, but he needs to be given a run in the team.”
“I wouldn’t even hesitate”