Jacob Murphy is the latest Sky Blues signing!

On Friday 14th August, Coventry City announced the signing of Jacob Murphy as he penned a season-long loan deal from Norwich City. The 20 year old – who can operate as either a winger or striker – joins the club to add another option in an attacking position, but what can we expect from him?

His career so far…
Jacob joined the Norwich academy at 11 years old along with his brother, Josh. After progressing through the youth ranks, he was rewarded with a professional contract at the club in January 2013. After failing to break in to the first-team, the winger was subsequently sent out on loan to gain match experience. 

He has now enjoyed loan spells at 5 clubs (excluding Coventry) where he has looked to progress his career. Swindon, Southend, Blackpool, Scunthorpe and Colchester have all seen the youngster on their books and he has made a total of 23 league appearances to date. His latter spell with Colchester has been the most fruitful, the attacker scoring 4 goals in 11 games to assist with the club’s survival push.

It was probably this positive impact that alerted Tony Mowbray to the player, along with the fact he has represented his country at youth level. Despite not being a regular feature in the England sides, he’s made 5 combined appearances for the U18’s, U19’s and U20’s respectively. This shows the potential of the youngster, and maybe he is worth a punt.

My thoughts…

Despite the fact that Murphy hasn’t quite proven himself just yet, I think he could be a player that kicks on under Tony Mowbray’s stewardship. With options limited in attacking areas, he’s sure to get game time with the Sky Blues and his versatility to play anywhere across the frontline will stand him in good stead. 

With pace in abundance, he’s another play that could reap the rewards of our 4-2-3-1 system as he provides ammo in behind and from the wings. If a physical striker does sign, he would be a perfect fit alongside James Maddison and Ruben Lameiras going forward. It also gives us scope to play 4-4-2 if needed as we now have a couple of wife players. I’m just glad it’s a season-long deal which will undoubtedly improve his commitment, hopefully he can shine during his time with us…

Mowbray’s view…

“I’m delighted to finally get this deal over the line as we’ve been tracking Jacob for some time and beat a number of clubs to his signature.

“I’ve continually stressed the importance of pace from both the wide and central positions, and Jacob is a player who has that attribute in abundance.

“He showed his ability last season by helping keep Colchester United in the league and we’re hoping he can continue to progress this season with us.
“We’re also delighted to get him for the entire season as it gives us a consistent option going forward and it’s another crucial piece of the squad in place.”

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