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Newcastle should ignore interest in Jacob Murphy

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Newcastle should ignore interest in Jacob Murphy

Newcastle United attacker Jacob Murphy is reportedly on the radar of Huddersfield Town in January.

According to the Daily Mirror, Huddersfield have made an approach to loan the winger for the rest of the season.

It is understood that Championship club Derby County are also keeping tabs on the 23-year-old now that the winter window is open.

Murphy has done very little since his £12million (Sky Sports) arrival from Norwich City in 2017 and is currently on the fringes of the team.

The £25,000-a-week ace (Spotrac) has made just nine senior appearances across all competitions so far this season and is struggling to make an impact at St James’ Park, but offloading him would be foolish by manager Rafael Benitez.

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His game time has been completely limited so far this campaign and it’s fair to say he’s not had a great chance to impress in the top flight.

 

Murphy is a fleet-footed attacker with great skill and pace, but is not favoured by Benitez for a starting role.

He made a great impression with an assist in a draw to Everton on 5 December, but has featured just once since and could do with more chances in the New Year.

Newcastle would also be taking a risk in loaning a player with a lot of potential to a club they may end up fighting with for relegation come the end of the season.

Huddersfield are rooted to the bottom of the table with 10 points, while Newcastle are three points clear of the relegation zone in 15th on 18 points.

Benitez’s team would easily be in the mix for the drop if their inconsistent form continues and there may be a time they need Murphy.

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