Newcastle United have been quite busy this summer in churning out the right deals to beef up the quality of their arsenal in order to ensure that they venture into the upcoming season only after being fully equipped. Under the stewardship of Rafael Benitez, the Magpies earned a promotion in a thoroughly convincing manner as they clinched the Championship silverware. But then, plying their trade against the elite clubs of the country would once again test their grit and perseverance.
They were timorous in the Premier League a couple of seasons ago, as a result of which they got themselves evicted from the top tier of English football. In order to not let such complacency set in once again next term, the black and white crops have been doing a lot of chores in terms of recruitments. Introduction of new faces to St. James’ Park in the shapes of Florian Lejeune, Javi Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Josef Yarney and Stefan O’Connor have already bolstered their arsenal, but the club is now looking at the future as well.
If one of the latest reports is to be believed, the Toon have put Josh Murphy on their radar as one of their prospective signings in 2018. Josh Murphy is the twin brother of Jacob Murphy, with the latter being acquired by the Geordies for £12.5million. After the capture of the wide man, the former Napoli boss is now all set to keep an eye on the developments of Josh, who currently plies his trade for Norwich City, as they are keen on an influx of youngsters with potential to reinvent their stature.
Josh emerged through the youth ranks of the Canaries, and eventually, he paved his way to the senior sides. Hailing from a family which supports Newcastle United, Josh is a player of fine calibre who brushed up himself during his loan spells with Wigan Athletic and Milton Keynes Dons. Last season, the 22-year-old piled 27 appearances to his name in the Championship (out of which, 18 were as a substitute), whilst which he bagged 5 goals and registered 4 assists to his name.
The Englishman can be pencilled on the either side of the attacking midfield, dribbles well and is excellent with the set-pieces. Cutting inside and testing the opposition goalkeepers more often than not and his crossing can be venomous at times. Josh can be a real deal for Newcastle United in the not-so-distant future and thus, he must try to impress the scouts by registering consistent and well-fabricated outings with Norwich City next season to represent himself as an appealing commodity.
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