Ja­cob just needs some more time

The Chronicle - - Sport -

RAFA Ben­itez has ex­plained why Ja­cob Mur­phy has been left out of his last two squads – and has as­sured the New­cas­tle United winger he will get his big chance to shine this sea­son.

The Mag­pies boss has used the £10m sign­ing spar­ingly this sea­son but the speedy wide man will be back in the squad for today’s home clash with AFC Bournemouth.

With a spate of in­juries in the build-up to the clash with the Cher­ries, his chance could even come sooner rather than later.

Ben­itez was asked why the winger hasn’t had a chance this term, and told the Chron­i­cle: “He is a young player who is train­ing very well.

“He is work­ing very hard and Ja­cob

Mur­phy he is keen to learn and he will need some time. Why? Be­cause when you are not do­ing well as a team on the pitch the young play­ers can’t give you the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Then you are ex­pect­ing the pace or qual­ity but you are still los­ing.

“So you have to keep go­ing back to the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Signed from Nor­wich City last sum­mer, Mur­phy made 25 league ap­pear­ances in his first sea­son with the Mag­pies, scor­ing once.

But so far this sea­son, the 23-year-old has started just two games and was not even in­cluded in the match­day squad for last week’s win over Wat­ford.

But Ben­itez said the winger is still in his plans and has not been picked be­cause the for­mer Real Madrid boss did not want to dent his con­fi­dence by us­ing him in a strug­gling side.

He said: “It is a vi­cious cir­cle. “If they don’t play they won’t get the ex­pe­ri­ence, if you play them and the team is not do­ing well it, it can be more neg­a­tive than pos­i­tive.

“We need to find the bal­ance in the squad. Hope­fully he can play a lot of games and we can do well.”

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