Steve Bruce has urged the club to reward Jacob Murphy a new contract, believing he’s proven his worth at Premier League level this season.
The wide man was arguably our man of the match in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Spurs, putting in a superb display from right wing-back as he caused Mourinho’s side all sorts of problems with his pace, directness and much improved delivery.
He is one of several players who are out of contract this summer as things stand, and Steve Bruce believes he is more than deserving of a new deal – feeling he’s been a “big plus” this season.
Here’s what he told BBC Newcastle when asked about the 26-year-old’s future:
He’s been a squad player this season and the victim of his versatility at times – being able to play as a winger or wing-back – however he’s looked much more confident and capable since returning from an impressive loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday.
Personally, I feel he’s a player who is worth of a new deal, even if his chances at first-team level have been limited.
Stay up and he’s shown he can take his chance when called upon at this level, making an impact most times we’ve seen him. Alternatively, if the worst happens and we go down and he looks someone with the hunger AND ability to do damage in the second tier.