Loan Lad Faces Top Winter Target In Championship Today

Jacob Murphy made his eleventh appearance for Sheffield Wednesday in their 1-0 loss at Hull City. Jacob came on as 58th minute substitute for Kadeem Harris.

Jacob offered a little more in tonight’s match at the KCOM. He was taken down just on the edge of the box for a free kick in the 82nd minute. He also created a chance for Adam Reach in the 90th minute, but the midfielder fired his shot over the bar.

Possibly January target Jarrod Bowen made his 10th league start and played the entire game for the Tigers who have climbed to 12th place in the Championship. With the loss, Sheffield Wednesday move into the 8th spot.

Murphy has struggled on loan in the Championship this season after starting with a goal on his debut. He has lacked consistency again which also plagued his loan spell last year at West Brom.

The Shields Gazette had a report about Murphy’s loan spell last week. They asked Alex Miller with the Sheffield Star some questions about the winger’s performances on loan this season.

This what Alex Miller thinks is the reason for Murphy’s struggles of late:

“From what we’ve seen, he’s too easily pushed onto the fringes of a match and doesn’t seem to have either the confidence or the intelligence to drag himself back in.

But pace is a valuable commodity and if he can put that to better use more often he’ll be a very fine player at this level.”

On the subject of confidence, Miller was asked if he thought Murphy was lacking it at the moment:

“Very much so. After scoring on debut you could see this was a player with points to prove and the skills to prove them.

But he’s dwindled in recent weeks and seems reluctant to try things he would’ve had a go at in his early outings. He’s not shown for the ball quite as much and doesn’t have the air of a player who wants it.

When he gets it, he’s proven that he can beat his man and has pace to burn, but the Jacob Murphy Wednesday had in his first month with the club is very different to the one they have now.”

It’s still early for Murphy on his loan deal but he is twenty-four now and should be much more consistent at this level. Unless he can turn his early struggles around, it doesn’t look like he has much of a future at Newcastle.

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