Jacob Murphy’s ready to show what he can do at Newcastle United – after settling into life at St James’s Park.
That’s the verdict of Rob Elliot ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Watford.
Murphy was signed from Norwich City in the summer for £12million. The 22-year-old made his second Premier League start for the club against Manchester United last weekend.
Murphy showed glimpses of his potential at Old Trafford, where the home side came from behind to win 4-1.
The winger could keep his place against Watford with Christian Atsu still sidelined with a thigh injury.
Elliot believes Murphy, the most costly of Rafa Benitez’s summer acquisitions, has had a lot to get used to since moving to Tyneside – not least his price tag.
The goalkeeper said: “He’s a young kid, and he had a big price tag coming here, and it’s taken him a little while to settle.
“But he has great ability. He’s a really good lad who works hard. And, again, like a lot of our players, he’s young and he’s learning the game at the highest level. I thought he did really well.
“Hopefully, this is just the start for him and we see a lot more of him in the future.”
Murphy, a boyhood Newcastle fan, thanked fans for their support on Twitter after the Man United game.
“Tough game against a top team,” he tweeted. “Heads up and we continue moving forward together.
“Amazing away support, loud and proud and that showed after the FT whistle.”
Newcastle are 11th in the table after three successive league defeats, while Watford – who could lose Marco Silva, their manager, to Everton – are eighth.