After an impressive first season in the Championship, Jacob Murphy seemingly has a host of Premier league clubs ready to write a cheque to Norwich City for his services.
Newcastle seem to be leading the race, as the Mirror reports that Rafa Benitez is keen to finalise an £8.5 million deal in a story previously covered by Tuckster – this seems rather low to me.
Interest in Jacob seemed to spike after his good performances in the Under 21 European Championships in Poland, and it is not clear if Stuart Webber and Daniel Farke would be willing to part ways with such a promising player.
On the other hand, his brother Josh seems to have him covered of late at Norwich City, as he is featuring heavily in preseason, and he also showed promising signs of development at the end of the previous season.
Let`s not forget that not so long ago Josh was deemed to be flying higher than his brother. It would be interesting to know what the new recruitment team has in it’s sights and how do they view the potential of both brothers?
From what I have gathered, Jacob seems to have better defensive awareness than Josh, but offensively speaking they have very similar traits.
Personally, I would not like Jacob to leave this summer, as I think the Jacob/Josh tandem worked out quite well last season although, apparently neither of them seem ready to play a 46 match full Championship season yet.
Nevertheless, if we do gain a big bucket of fresh cash – at least around £15 million – for one of the brothers, and we get to keep and develop the other, it doesn`t sound such a bad business deal for the club, to me.
Let`s not forget that at this same time a year ago there was much speculation on the ability they would both have to break into the first team.
Also, apart from the bright lights of Jacob`s breakout season, towards the final two months he looked quite fatigued and seemed to have trouble to get into the same frequency as the rest of the team – hence, the reason Alan Irvine decided to give more playing time to Josh.
Don`t get me wrong, no fan likes to see any home grown players go. But again, it`s not a common scenario when a team has two similarly gifted twins playing in similar positions.
There seems, during the last couple of days to be a lot of “vultures” circling our most prized assets. Let`s see what Mr. Webber has to say about it, and hopefully if we do sell, we do it wisely.