A deal to bring Jacob Murphy to Tyneside from Norwich is edging ever closer, with the fee believed to be around £12 million. Many have laughed at the fee so here I look to defend it.
First of all, the board deserves a lot of credit for knocking Norwich’s asking price down from £16 million to £12 million. Even still, the transfer fee has come under some criticism. Following on from my previous article, I’m going to look at the fee and explain why it’s that price.
I want to start this by saying I don’t believe Murphy’s worth this price. He’s nowhere near his full ability and still has a lot of time to grow and mature as a player. But he does have a lot of potential that could see him become a great player in the future.
One reason why the price is so high is because I don’t think Norwich wanted to part with Murphy unless for the right price. He’s from the Norwich academy which creates a bond between the club and the player you don’t get with bought players. Of course, the board weren’t helped by the fact that Murphy is a Newcastle fan and this is very personal and a dream move for the 22-year-old.
Newcastle aren’t paying for his current ability, it’s a long term investment for the player he will turn into. There is a chance that he could flop and fail to reach his full potential but I think it’s worth the risk. He already has England under-21s caps to his name and last season he scored 8 and got 7 assists.
Murphy is a quick winger with an eye for goal. However, he is fairly weak physically and can lose the ball in promising positions. He does need to work on his physicality but he is only young and that will come with maturity.
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