Jacob Murphy is having a season to remember for Newcastle.
The 2017 signing has gone from forgotten man to key player in the space of 12 months.
Particularly in the past few weeks, Murphy has been key.
As a right wing-back, the 26-year-old has added another dimension to our attack, as we move away from the relegation zone.
Bought by Rafa Benitez for £12million, a lot was expected of Murphy. He was a boyhood Newcastle fan who had shone in the Championship.
But it just didn’t work out at Newcastle to begin with. He’s had multiple loan spells away from the club, as he looked destined to go down as a Toon flop.
However, he has received chances this season, and he has taken every one he has got.
So many times he’s won us points. His crossing ability and bravery on the ball have turned him into a fan favourite.
The fastest player at the club
When you think of speed, you think of Miguel Almiron. But Murphy has actually been quicker.
According to Sky Sports, Almiron has recorded a speed of 36.3km per hour.
That is incredible, and shows how valuable Murphy can be. Not only is he quick, but we have seen that he has end product as well.
He’s scored key goals against Wolves and Burnley, whilst providing a vital assist against West Brom before Christmas.
His speed has never been in doubt, but it is surprising to see him record a faster sprint than Almiron.
But it’s his decision making that has caught the eye this season.
When he first arrived, Murphy was cautious. He looked shy in possession.
But four years on and he’s making things happen. He’s taken the chance that has came his way and made himself an important player in black and white.