The Fish 5640 Posted July 18, 2017 Share Posted July 18, 2017 Asked the Norwich fans if they thought he was a good signing for us, Quote To be honest mate I don't think any of us have truly sussed this out yet, its an odd one. He started last season as being the Murphy twin that we all didn't think was quite good enough, with Josh always being the better rated one, ended the season with the roles reversed. Jacob Murphy has obviously got something a bit special but he's still very raw and has got a lot to learn, and if he was 18 or 19 you'd bet your bottom dollar that he was heading to the top, but he is 22 and a half has basically just had one season where at times he has been superb and scoring worldies and other times when he has been completely anonymous and a borderline liability. I only went to away games last season, 5 or 6, and I didn't see him have a good game. Ask a home fan and they probably didn't see him have a bad one. I see this £12m fee as completely fair to be honest, its like we've shared the risk here. If he irons out some of his defensive weaknesses / naivety and becomes a bit mentally stronger then he's probably a bargain for you and will win England caps. On the other hand if he doesn't improve from here then I don't know if you could really argue that he's Premier League quality, so its a weird transfer where at £12m you probably feel like you've got to have a punt at that price whilst we feel like we can't take a punt on him improving further this season in case he doesn't and then we never get an offer like that again. I've never really been able to put my finger on him, he's got match winning goals in him and unstoppable at times but at other times he has infuriated me with his decision making and belief that he is exempt from tracking back. Best we can both hope for is that Jacob Murphy has another year of developing as a player, and Josh Murphy shows us all this season why he's historically been the better rated, then we'll both have a class Murphy That's another factor though, we can't really play two Murphy's at once because they are both so offensive and we can't really not play either one of Pritchard or Hoolahan through the middle, seen us try both Murphy's with Pritchard and both Murphy's with Hoolahan and we were just bullied for 90 minutes. So we needed to get rid of one Murphy really, otherwise one won't get the football he needs and go backwards. Hopefully Jacob leaving allows Josh to thrive. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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