'Genuine potential' - Chris Hughton delivers verdict on Newcastle United summer signing
By Aramide Oladipo
Brighton manager Chris Hughton has heaped huge praise on Newcastle United summer signing Jacob Murphy and claimed that he is a fine addition to the squad.
The 22-year-old secured a permanent move to the Tyneside club during the summer transfer window from Championship side Norwich City for a reported fee of £12million.
The winger has spent the early stages of his Newcastle career watching on from the substitutes bench, having only featured in three Premier League matches this season.
Murphy has failed to provide a single goal or assist during his short spell at St James’ Park.
However, former Newcastle boss Hughton is convinced that the youngster will deliver the goods in the long-term for the club.
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“United have a lot of good players, a sound defence, Jonjo Shelvey who inevitably looks to play the ball forward at the earliest opportunity, and Matt Ritchie who is a great provider,” he told the Chronicle.
“They also have significant back up, a deeper squad than us.
“I gave Jacob Murphy his first-team debut when I was manager of Norwich and he has genuine potential.”
Murphy was one of the standout performers in the Championship last season, contributing with nine goals and eight assists in all competitions.
The youngster has demonstrated that he can perform on the international stage after impressing with the England Under-21 national team during this summer’s European Championships.
The forward featured in every single match and he managed to score an important goal in England’s 3-0 victory over Poland.
The Newcastle summer signing will be hopeful that he can feature when the Magpies travel to Southampton next weekend.
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