The Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has revealed that he was very pleased with Jacob Murphy’s latest display on loan from Newcastle United.
Murphy made a bright start to his latest temporary spell away from Newcastle, scoring on his Owls debut against Barnsley.
But the 24-year-old has started just four of Wednesday’s eight league games since then, amid criticism from some sections of the Hillsborough fan base and the local media.
His latest appearance – a 31-minute cameo at Hull on Tuesday – as much improved, however.
First, he was perhaps unlucky not to have won a penalty after Eric Lichaj tripped him very close to, if not inside, the 18-yard box – only for a free-kick to be awarded.
Replacing Kadeem Harris on the hour, Jacob Murphy was a bright spark for #SWFC and should have earned a penalty. This was given as a free kick by the referee late on. pic.twitter.com/YawitSL0tY
— Alex Miller (@AlexMiller91) October 1, 2019
And were it not for some wayward finishing from his fellow winger and Newcastle fan, Adam Reach, he would have had his first assist in Sheffield Wednesday colours.
Asked about Murphy’s impact at the KCOM Stadium, Monk told the Owls’ official Facebook page: “I was very pleased with Jacob when he came on.
“And yeah he affected the game. That’s what you have to do, whether you’re starting games or coming on in games. You have to have that type of mentality. And I thought he did very well.
“Again, he’s an important player. They are (all) going to be needed, especially in those wide areas, throughout the season. It’s impossible for a couple of them to play each and every game. There’s going to be some rotation. Sometimes you’re going to need to do that for freshness.
“But yeah, that’s more what I want to see from Jacob, consistently. And I’m sure (I) will do.”
Murphy is due to spend the rest of the season at Sheffield Wednesday before returning to Newcastle, where he will have a year remaining on his contract.