Newcastle United ready to call upon young star — if transfer deal falls through

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Lewis Miley wasn’t the only youngster to impress for Newcastle United in pre-season.

Newcastle United young defender Alex Murphy has played his way into Eddie Howe’s first-team squad after impressing in pre-season.

Having caught the eye at the Premier League Summer Series in the United States, Howe had zero qualms about handing the 19-year-old his first Magpies start in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Fiorentina at St James’ Park.

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In Fabian Schar’s absence, the Irishman lined up at right centre-half in a back four including Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman and Matt Targett. After the game, Murphy earned praise from Howe and his defensive partner for the day Botman.

Newcastle United defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)Newcastle United defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League)
Newcastle United defender Alex Murphy. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Premier League) | Getty Images for Premier League

“He did really well today,” said Howe. “I think the beauty of his performances during pre-season is his versatility - he’s played left-back, left-sided centre-half and today right-sided centre-half.

“For a very much left-footed player, it was a challenge for him but I thought he did really well. He was helped by Sven and Kieran’s experience alongside him.”

Speaking separately, Botman added: “Alex is getting better every day and he is training well. Against Fiorentina, he proved again he is on the right track and he has to continue like this then see what happens.”

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Murphy featured in both of United’s opening pre-season friendlies at Gateshead and Rangers before unexpectedly being called into action when Schar went down injured after just 34 minutes against Chelsea.

It’s understood the Magpies are hoping to sign a central defender before the transfer window shuts on September 1. But, as it stands, Murphy is part of Howe’s plans, whether be training or potential selection in cup matches.

Asked by NewcastleWorld if Murphy will stay in and around the first-team, Howe replied: “At this minute in time, yes. I don’t think it’s set in stone but he’s done well enough to continue his journey with us short-term and we hope he keeps progressing and improving.”

Murphy made 18 appearances for the under-21s last season after joining from League of Ireland side Galway United.

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