When you think of players topping the stats charts at Newcastle United, Jacob Murphy wouldn’t necessarily come to mind. However, the winger finds himself top of the usual leaderboard.
Murphy has hit the woodwork this season more than any other Newcastle player. The 27-year-old has accumulated a total of three so far this season.
The most memorable of these came against Brighton in a 2-1 win. The Newcastle man struck the post and Ryan Fraser followed it up with a tap-in to give the Magpies a 1-0 lead.
How does Murphy compare to the rest of the league?
Murphy and nine other players across the Premier League have all hit the woodwork three times this season so far. Names on the same numbers as him include Mohammed Salah, Phil Foden and Wilfred Zaha.
There are only four players in the league which have hit the woodwork more times than Murphy’s total of three. Jakub Moder of Brighton and West Ham’s Jarred Bowden both have four.
The silky Leeds winger Raphinha is second overall, hitting the woodwork six times. Topping the list is Bryan Mbeumo for Brentford with seven.
What it demonstrates is that when he does play, Murphy has been very unlucky with his shots. Not just hitting the woodwork multiple times, but the winger has also had four shots on target this season.
So it could be argued that Murphy, signed by Rafael Benitez, is unlucky not to have at least a couple of more goals this campaign. At the moment he currently sits on one. Which came on the opening day against West Ham, Newcastle lost 4-2 that day.
With Allan Saint-Maximin returning from injury and Ryan Fraser on fire recently. Murphy may be dropped against Everton on Thursday night.
But when filling in for the injured Frenchman he’s not done badly at all. He battled well against West Ham and got an assist against Brighton, he can hold his head high.