We needed a striker, and we got one. His name is Daryl Murphy.
At first, Daryl Murphy was an enigma for Newcastle United. Not appearing for quite a while, and then before you know it, Dwight Gayle and Aleksander Mitrovic are injured, and we needed a striker.
On August 28th 2016, a deal for the Irishman was done, and he became a Toon player. For me, I wasn’t really keen on him due to his age and constant hanging around in the Championship… But this is turning out to be a strength.
While playing for Ipswich Town, “Murph” played 123 matches with 50 goals, which is quite an accomplishment. This is why, I believe, Rafa Benitez hired the man.
Daryl didn’t really get a chance to even show his mettle until January 7th at Birmingham City where he scored his first goal for the Toon. Soon after, Murphy scored in the 2-1 win over Brentford in which he shocked both our opposition and ourselves.
Again, at Rotherham on the 21st of January, the big Irishman showed us skill and experience with his first touch and left footed goal. He showed power, control, and calm. Just the things we need in our Championship push for the Premier League.
3 Goals in 5 games is not a bad tally regardless of what league you’re in. Daryl can feel pumped by this to go ahead and keep scoring.
The Toon Army wants to see Murphy make it very hard for Gayle and Mitrovic to return to the starting lineup. He’s 33 years old and has experience in this league that neither of his competing team mates could equate to.
The main aspects of Murphy that I find most helpful about the striker are his build, strength, touch, peace of mind, Championship experience, and fighting spirit. We don’t call the Irish “the fightin’ Irish” for no reason.
All of these things are aspects that Gayle and Mitro do not combine to. Sure, Aleksander and Daryl are similar in stature, style, and fight, but one is very young and still developing, and the other is a seasoned veteran. Veterans are the ones who do the most well in the Championship.
Unfortunately, I do not see Daryl Murphy staying with the club after the summer, assuming we attain automatic promotion. We needed a striker, and we got one. Let these things continue to bless our attack in the future of our campaign to the Premier League.
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