Rafa Benitez reveals delight at signing Norwich City starlet Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy fired Norwich 3-1 up against Newcastle at St James' Park in a 4-3 loss last September.

Jacob Murphy fired Norwich 3-1 up against Newcastle at St James' Park in a 4-3 loss last September. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jacob Murphy can make a big splash in the Premier League for Newcastle United, predicts Magpies’ chief Rafa Benitez.


Murphy’s reported £12m move from Norwich City is expected to be officially confirmed on Wednesday after travelling to Newcastle’s Irish training camp to undergo a medical, but Benitez is already plotting to unleash the 22-year-old on the top flight.

“Sometimes, when you are looking for a player, you are thinking if they are technically good enough, or if they have pace or can score goals or are good tactically,” said Benitez, speaking at United’s Dublin kit launch on Tuesday. “In this case, the main thing is that we have a player who has pace and can score goals, but wants to play for Newcastle United.

“That’s a huge advantage. He will be working so hard trying to impress our fans. It will help the competition in the team.”

Benites also revealed Murphy’s twin, Josh, was in his sights 12 months ago.

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“We were here in Ireland last year and we were talking about his brother,” he said. “We liked his brother and we spoke about him. I was following both of them, but I think we have signed the right one, the one I wanted. I have received a lot of information about both, and it was positive about both of them. But, in this case, we wanted the type of player (Jacob is) and were happy with that.

“We will see if he can reproduce his performances of the Championship in the Premier League. He has the potential to do that.”

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