Why Daryl Murphy believes he can thrive at Newcastle

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy’s confident he can repay Rafa Benitez’s faith in him – thanks to the players around him.

The striker made his debut in this week’s EFL Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Murphy left Ipswich Town last month to sign for the club.

United manager Benitez wanted another target man in his squad to challenge Aleksandar Mitrovic for a place in his team.

And Murphy brought with him a wealth of Championship experience to the relegated club, which takes on Aston Villa at Villa Park tomorrow.

The 33-year-old believes Benitez now has a “headache choosing his team”.

I’ve had to be pateint, but I was pleased to get the opportunity in the end. It felt comfortable coming into the side.

Daryl Murphy

Asked about his role at Newcastle, Murphy said: “We have different types of strikers in the team, and I’m probably seen more as a target man who can hold the ball up and get other people involved in the game.

“Mitro’s probably quite similar, and (Dwight) Gayle is a short, sharp, quick player. We all have different attributes, but I think that’s good because in this league the games come thick and fast and every week is different opposition.

“The manager has a bit of a headache in choosing his team.”

Murphy – who spent five years at Sunderland earlier in his career – believes he can pass on valuable Championship experience to the club’s younger players.

“I’ve been in this league quite a while, and it’s tough,” said the Irishman.

“You saw that against Wolves on Saturday (when Newcastle lost 2-0).

“You wouldn’t have expected us to get beaten at home, but that’s the league for you. It’s a case of not panicking.

“We know the squad of players we have, and you need to just get a bit of momentum.

“It was important we won on Tuesday just to get that winning mentality back.”

Murphy feels he can thrive at Newcastle given the talent around him.

“You saw some of the balls they were putting in on Tuesday night,” said Waterford-born Murphy.

“It’s a dream for a striker, really, because you know it’s coming. It’s just a case of being on the move and trying to read where the ball’s going.

“You’re always going to get chances and hopefully score goals.”

Murphy – who netted his first international goal for the Republic of Ireland earlier this month – was “disappointed” not to score in the EFL Cup tie against Wolves, though he was happy overall with his contribution.

“It was great,” he said. “It’s been a while sitting in the stands and watching the games wanting to be playing. To be involved was nice.

“You want your first touch to be good and you just ease into the game, really.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t score with a header, and a chance in the second half that was blocked and the referee gave a goal kick.

“I had a few chances, but that’s what you get when you play with lads like this (and) wingers who are going to put in crosses, so you have to get in the box.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t score, but overall it was a good debut.”

Goals from Matt Ritchie and Yoan Gouffran decided the third-round tie.

“I think when we scored the first goal, we dominated, and we scored the second shortly after, which helped us,” said Murphy.

“I think they played some decent football in the second half. We dropped off too much and gave them too much space but we won 2-0 and kept a clean sheet.”