It finally looks like things are on the up for Jacob Murphy.
The winger has had a rough time since joining Newcastle in 2017. He cost £12million from Norwich, but never proved to be worth the fee. With so much money spent, it made Murphy’s performances even harder to take.
He showed moments of brilliance last season, but this campaign was rough for Murphy in black and white, as he fell out of favour under Rafa Benitez.
Murphy’s Newcastle nightmare temporarily ended on deadline day, joining West Brom on loan. The Baggies are competing near the top of the Championship and play an exciting brand of football, making it the perfect place for the 23-year-old.
While he initially struggled at the Hawthorns, things seem to be picking up for Murphy.
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Last night against QPR, West Brom’s number 70 (yes, 70…) got his second goal for the club, and it was a much more impressive strike compared to his tap in against Nottingham Forest.
Murphy carried the ball into the box and rifled a low effort into the bottom corner, giving West Brom a 2-1 lead after 61 minutes. They would go on to win 3-2 courtesy of a last minute Jake Livermore strike.
What does this mean for Murphy?
The former Norwich player’s new found form asks more questions than it answers.
Has Murphy finally got his confidence back? Does this mean he could have a Newcastle future? Or has he simply just found his level?
He turns 24 on February 24th. Murphy is reaching the point of his career where he is no longer considered a young talent. This next six months are vital for him. If he can continue playing well for West Brom and take that form back to Newcastle next season, then he may have a future as a Premier League player.
If not, he will be doomed to play outside of the top flight.
Of course, this could mean nothing if we are relegated come May…