6 Things Newcastle United Fans Need to Know About Transfer Target Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy is widely expected to join Newcastle in the coming days, after Benitez's side had a reported bid of £12.5m accepted for the 22-year-old.

Murphy at Norwich City since he joined their youth academy when he was 11-years-old in, but is now expected to leave the Canaries this summer and head north to join the Premier League new boys.

Murphy should become Newcastle's third major summer signing in the coming days. Here are a few things Magpies fans should know about their new man.

1. His Twin Brother Also Plays for Norwich

Jacob Murphy has a twin brother who also plays for Norwich City and both have been at the club since 2006.

Up until a season ago most Canaries fans would have thought that Josh was the better of the two twins. However, during last season Jacob cemented his place in the Norwich starting line up ahead of his brother.

In the past, teams such as Southampton have looked to secure a package deal for the twins. However it seems as though Newcastle are only interested in Jacob.

2. He Is a Boyhood Newcastle United Fan

The Murphy twins have been fans of Newcastle from a young age. The boys' mother hails from Tyneside and it's thought that the boys support for the Magpies arose because of this.

Jacob Murphy has already rejected the opportunity to move to Crystal Palace in favour of a move to the North-East club.

There's no doubt that a player who knows the history of the club and supports the team, will soon be a favourite with the Newcastle faithful.

3. He Is an England Under-21 International

Murphy has played for England at Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level and is seen as one of the most promising English talents currently rising through England's youth system.

His stock recently rose at the Under-21 European Championships after some excellent performances helped his side reach the semi-finals of the competition.

He made six appearances in total at the championships and scored one goal in the final group game against Denmark. The goal showcased his great speed on the counterattack as well as an ability to make a well timed run to stay onside, before comfortably finishing once he had reached the right position.

4. He Is Versatile

Murphy was deployed in a variety of positions during the European Championships, including at right back and in a central attacking midfield role.

His versatility may come in useful for Rafa Benitez although he is far more comfortable on either wing. 

He was mainly deployed on the left-wing for Norwich last season and that may well be the most likely place for Newcastle fans to see him play for the Magpies, after Yoan Gouffran's departure.

5. He Is Very Quick

A £12.5m price tag will seem ludicrous to some Newcastle fans seeing as Murphy is relatively unheard of to most and has no Premier League experience.

However what Murphy does bring is bags of pace and energy, which Newcastle seemed to lack last season at times with Yoan Gouffran on the wing.

Murphy also provides potential do develop into a fantastic talent into the future at just 22-years-old. He is also a very hard worker, something Newcastle fans demand in all of their players.

6. He Is Best Kept Away From Social Media

Newcastle staff may want to keep Murphy off social media, or at least keep tabs on what he's doing, after he got in trouble while on loan at Blackpool.

During a Blackpool's horrendous 2014 Championship season where the club almost went bankrupt and there were very few players on their books, the Seasiders rarely won a game.


A Snapchat picture from Murphy prior to a game mocked Blackpool's league form and had the caption 'We're going to lose... again!'. It was investigated by manager Lee Clark, and meant Murphy had to issue an apology to the club's fans.