Report shares why Eddie Howe appreciates Jacob Murphy so much
Report shares why Eddie Howe appreciates Jacob Murphy so much
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Report shares why Eddie Howe appreciates Jacob Murphy so much

Jacob Murphy was the surprise starter for Newcastle United against Wolves, but he more than justified his place in the side.

Eddie Howe named a completely new front three against Wolves, with Jacob Murphy replacing Miguel Almiron in the Newcastle attack.

He was joined by Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin, with the trio working brilliantly to cause Wolves real problems on what was a brilliant afternoon at St James’ Park.

Howe rolled the dice and rotated his side, and it worked. The players he brought in delivered, then the substitutes had an impact too.

But Murphy can be very happy with his performance, on what was just his sixth Premier League start of the season. The 28-year-old is Howe’s utility man, and he is more than happy with that role.

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Jacob Murphy is perfectly happy with his role in Eddie Howe’s squad

According to the Athletic, Howe values Murphy so much because of his endeavour. That is clear in his performance, as he harries players off the ball as he looks to force a mistake. He shows endeavour in possession too, working tirelessly to dig a cross out or force a shot on goal.

He is not the best player at Newcastle, but Howe is clearly fond of him and has a clear role for the £12million man. And it is a role that he seemingly enjoys.

The Athletic add that Murphy is content with his job at Newcastle, going under the radar as someone who actually has an important role in Howe’s side.

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He deserved to start on Sunday after a couple of exciting cameos, and justified his selection. But whether it is from the start or as a substitute, Murphy is just happy to be involved and be able to play a part.

The winger certainly does that, and has helped the Magpies grind out some important victories when coming on as a late substitute.

This time he got the chance to start, and he took it with both hands. But whether it’s enough to keep him in the side to face Nottingham Forest remains to be seen.