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20th Feb, 2017 | 2:00pm

Three reasons why axed international ace should leave Newcastle in summer

COMMENT By Will Butcher

Daryl Murphy should request a transfer away from Newcastle at the end of the season after being left out of the matchday squad to face Norwich.

Murphy, 33, was omitted from Newcastle’s 18-man squad as the Toon drew 2-2 with Alex Neil’s Norwich, following Dwight Gayle’s return from injury.

The 23-time Ireland international is now set to remain on the sidelines against Aston Villa on Monday night, as Rafa Benitez opts to use a system with one striker.

Here are three reasons why Murphy should leave in the summer:

Pivotal career point

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Now at 33 years of age, the former Ipswich and Sunderland striker must be playing regular football if he wants to prolong his professional career into his late thirties. However, with Benitez’s preference going towards the Championship’s top scorer Gayle and Serbia international Aleksander Mitrovic, Murphy will only gain regular game-time with the Toon if Benitez suffers an injury crisis in the final third. But it remains clear that Murphy is third choice at St. James’ Park, following his omission from the Norwich squad and that could convince him to leave.

Run in first team proves fruitless

Summer signing Gayle missed six matches through injury before coming on as a substitute against Norwich, which saw Murphy receive two Toon starts as well as a handful of substitute appearances. Scoring against Rotherham and Brentford, Murphy would have been hoping that he had done enough to prove to Spaniard Benitez that he deserves a prolonged run in the team. However, the former Real Madrid manager’s desire to instantly replace Murphy with Gayle upon the former Crystal Palace forward’s return proves that even a good run of form will not benefit Murphy’s first-team chances.

Promotion is likely to promise a busy summer

Benitez is likely to bring in more players in the summer as the Magpies close in on an instant return to the Premier League. The Toon will want to add quality to their side in an attempt to stay in England’s top flight next season, and that could mean Murphy will face even more competition in looking to gain a first-team slot. The end of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2018, could now be too distant for Murphy and a move away will benefit his career if he can orchestrate a transfer in the summer.

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