Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has been speaking to Yorkshire Live ahead of his side’s game against Bristol City on Sunday, and Newcastle’s Jacob Murphy was mentioned.
In those outings, he scored nine goals and registered six assists.
When asked about Murphy, Monk said: ‘The door will always be open for somebody like Jacob, and he knows that. But he’s another club’s player. You keep the door open, but you assess what else is about.
‘We’re not just focused on Jacob. We’re looking at the whole squad.’
The ex-Swansea manager’s comments come shortly after Murphy delivered a stunning performance in the 7-0 Carabao Cup win over Morecambe.
Our No.23 scored a fine left-footed goal, curling the ball into the far corner. He also grabbed an assist for Miguel Almiron with a delicately-threaded through ball.
The Northern Echo revealed that the winger was among seven players who Steve Bruce wanted gone, but the Magpies boss performed a U-turn having watched the 25-year-old tear Morecambe apart.
The Chronicle quote as Bruce saying: ‘I won’t be letting him out on loan! Not after a performance like that. He deserves to stay with us and he has improved enormously.’
On that basis, it seems unlikely that Murphy will be going anywhere.
However, should that change for any reason, it is clear in Monk’s comments that he is always happy to have the wide-man in his squad.
Whatever happens, Murphy has done well to get himself back into Bruce’s thinking.