An official Newcastle United statement released on Wednesday afternoon, finally gave fans an update regarding the futures of five Newcastle players.
Both Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar have had contract extensions triggered by Newcastle United, media reports had claimed one year each but no clarity from the club in their statement on exactly how long.
The same with three players who Newcastle United say have signed new contracts.
No details on length of new contract for Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy or Dwight Gayle, although widespread media claims had said it was / is a new three year one for Gayle. All very bizarre when Steve Bruce refused to play Dwight Gayle last season (only four PL starts) and a three year deal would almost take the striker up to the age of 35.
One name missing from the list of new deals was Andy Carroll, with presumably the striker now leaving, unless a late deal is done.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s announcement, it has now been revealed that Newcastle United have agreed an incredible new six years contract with one of those included in yesterday’s contract update from the club.
New Era Global Sports congratulating their client via their Instagram account:
“Huge congratulations to client Jacob Murphy who has signed a new 6 year contract with Newcastle United.
“We look forward to the season ahead and continuing the journey with you Jacob!”
Good luck to Jacob Murphy but why on earth would you feel it was necessary to hand out a six year contract?
Jacob Murphy seems a decent character and he did ok towards the end of last season, plus he is a lifelong Newcastle United fan (see below what he had to say when signing his original Newcastle United contract back in 2017) but…
I honestly fail to see what the former Norwich player has done to qualify for a six year deal. This means that no matter what, Newcastle are committed now to paying six years of wages to someone who has only started 33 Premier League games in his first four years at the club – his new deal takes Jacob Murphy up to 32 years of age.
Really strange when you remember that it wasn’t until April 2021 that Steve Bruce even showed he thought Jacob Murphy was a real contender for a first team place.
The entire 2019/20 season Murphy was loaned out to Sheffield United and then only started eight Premier League games last season up to 26 January 2021, after which Steve Bruce totally sidelined Jacob Murphy.
It was only after a horrendous run of two wins in twenty NUFC matches that on 4 April 2021, a desperate Steve Bruce made a massive gamble, changing half his outfield players,
Jacob Murphy came in as a wing-back as Bruce reverted back to a five man defence, Newcastle got a 2-2 draw against Spurs and Murphy stayed in the team for the remaining eight Premier League games as well.
The former Norwich player is now the longest contracted to Newcastle United, Jacob Murphy signed up until 2027, with Isaac Hayden and ASM contracted until 2026, whilst Martin Dubravka, Jamal Lewis, Joelinton, Karl Darlow and Ryan Fraser have contracts up until 30 June 2025.
Another worry for me is that Jacob Murphy has done ok at wing-back but what if Steve Bruce once again drops the idea of playing with five at the back, as he keeps saying is his longer-term intention? Murphy is certainly not a right-back and as for right wing, I haven’t seen anything really that suggests he could be a regular first choice in that position.
Jacob Murphy talking to NUFC TV – 19 July 2017:
“It was a childhood dream of mine to come represent Newcastle, I can’t wait to get started.
“A proud moment for myself, my family – everyone crazy crazy Newcastle supporters. So the move to come here was a no-brainer.
“My mother is from Birtley, my dad from Ashington, the rest of my family are from Gateshead. So they have always been Newcastle supporters and that is the team I chose to follow.
“I have been getting messages from them (family) and they are really excited.
“My first Newcastle game – my dad took me and my brother to see Newcastle play PSV in the UEFA Cup (a 2-1 win on 14 April 2004), Alan Shearer and Gary Speed got the goals.
“Laurent Robert with a wand of a left foot, he used to cannon ball everything in. Alan Shearer is just a God.
“Playing last season at St James Park with Norwich, it is just magical. I wanted to be part of that.
“Being at Norwich at the time we were gutted we didn’t win but the passion from the Newcastle fans, you saw what it meant to them.
“I hope to bring attacking flair, pace, I’m very direct, I like to shoot, I like to provide chances for the team.
“Rafa Benitez was a massive influence, it was a no-brainer when the offer came in. If you have the chance to work with him, you would be silly not to say yes.
“Having the Newcastle badge on my chest, I can’t think of anything better.”
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