Only a few days ago, Daryl Murphy departed Tyneside for Nottingham Forest for around £2 million.
The Irishman was signed in late August 2016 (on my birthday in fact) for £3 million pounds rising to £4 million from Ipswich. I for one was quite sceptical of the transfer but I was gladly proven wrong. As well as that, many other clubs ridiculed the transfer although they were also proven wrong.
Despite him only playing 18 games (which is less than half the Championship season) he quickly gained admiration from the Newcastle faithful because of his professional attitude and positive work rate. His popularity increased drastically.
In total, he netted five league goals in 19 appearances which isn’t a bad total, including some important goals like the winner against Brentford and opening the scoring against Huddersfield. Nottingham Forest are getting a proven Championship striker who is guaranteed to score goals. He can play as a target man but he is also a clinical finisher. The only major downside to his game is his mobility but that isn’t a huge issue if you can provide him with the right service.
We all knew that Murphy would be seen as surplus to requirement once we were promoted but it does still feel a bit sad now he’s gone.
So what does this mean for Newcastle? Now we only have two out and out strikers (Gayle and Mitrovic). This should mean that the club are looking for another striker. One player I’d like to see us go after is Burnley’s Andre Gray. He wouldn’t set the league alight but he’d be available at a cheap price and could easily get 10 goals. Gayle and Gray rotating in Rafa’s 4-4-1-1 system would fit perfectly. Or the Murphy money could go towards getting a player on loan like Michy Batshuayi as paying a couple million towards Chelsea may tempt them.