Rafa Benitez delivers bold verdict on future of out-of-favour Newcastle man

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that he expects winger Jacob Murphy to come good for the club despite a stuttering start to his career on Tyneside.

The 22-year-old arrived at St James’ Park in a £10million move from Championship side Norwich City over the summer, but despite being the club’s big money signing he is yet to live up to expectation.

He has just two starts under his belt, one of which has come in the Premier League against Swansea where he looked to struggle with the physical nature of England’s top flight.

However his manager has boldly insisted that he has faith in the youngster and believes he will become a key player for the Magpies in the future, including during the current campaign, despite currently being out-of-favour for the starting XI.

Benitez told the Chronicle: “We signed a player for four or five years – who is a young player – who needed Premier League experience.

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“He is getting better. In every training session there is improvement from him and he is working hard trying to get better.

“I think he will be a good player for us during the season and also in the future. He is still a young player.”

Murphy has made a total of five appearances for the club since his arrival, but has just 79 minutes worth of league action to his name so far.

He last played during the 2-2 at Southampton, coming off the bench to feature for just eight minutes.

Murphy is also an England under-21 international, with six outings and one goal for the Three Lions’ youth team, including appearances in all of their European Championship matches over the summer, as they reached the semi-finals.

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