Alex Murphy hasn’t been at Newcastle United long, but he already appears to be making quite the impression.
The teenager’s move to the North East was confirmed back in May, with Newcastle agreeing a deal with Galway United. However, he didn’t officially link up with his new team until earlier this month.
Murphy enjoyed his farewell appearance for Galway less than three weeks ago before heading to Spain with the Toon youngsters. He was joined on the trip by fellow new recruits Charlie McArthur and Jordan Hackett.
It was a worthwhile trip, with Newcastle’s Under-21s beating Elche 2-1 in the sun. Murphy featured, playing the second half against the La Liga side.
At the same time, Eddie Howe’s side were in Austria taking on 1860 Munich and Mainz. Now they’re in Portugal for a game against Benfica, and the travelling squad includes Murphy.
Murphy trains with Newcastle ahead of Benfica clash
The 18-year-old is one of four youngsters who have linked up with the first-team in Portugal. Jay Turner-Cooke, Santiago Munoz and Matt Bondswell have also travelled.
Considering he hasn’t even been training with the Magpies for a full month, it’s really impressive to see Murphy be involved with the first-team. He’s been pictured working with the group, donning the number 64.
He will hope to feature against Benfica, having sat on the bench for the two training games against Burnley on Saturday. However, it would be a real surprise to see him in action versus the Portuguese giants.
Regardless of whether he plays or not, it’s a testament to his ability and first impression that he’s already being looked at by Howe.
This is his first experience with the Newcastle first-team, but it surely won’t be his last. If the recruitment team have done their job and Dan Ashworth can help aid his development, Murphy could be a future star at St James’ Park.
He started the month playing against Cobh Ramblers, and he ends it training alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier. Life comes at you fast.