‘He doesn’t even look like a footballer,’ Josh Murphy’s back-handed compliment to Norwich City pal
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Josh Murphy is a paid up member of the Tom Trybull fan club at Norwich City.
The German midfielder continues to impress after his unheralded arrival on a free transfer last summer, following a nomadic spell in the 24-year-old’s career.
Trybull set up Murphy to notch his fourth goal in 11 games this season in midweek to dump Brentford out of the League Cup.
The City academy product wants to continue their productive double act today against Bristol City at Carrow Road.
“I think the best way to describe Tom is he is a hidden gem. I have to admit I didn’t know who he was until he rocked up – and he doesn’t even look like a footballer,” said Murphy.
“But you see his performances and he’s been outstanding; he had to wait to get in the team but he’s been one of our stand-out players.
He ticks all the right boxes for us – he works hard, he wins the ball and he’s good on the ball. He gets everything ticking, and he’s got a little aggressive streak in him which we need.
“Having him on the left of central midfield next to me is great because he’s always in my ear and that’s helping me too.
“Everyone likes scoring goals but during the week I just felt I needed a goal to show I am at it. I was more relieved than anything. Sheffield United was not my best performance. The team did unbelievably and as long as we win that is the key. I have scored loads of goals in the cup now and I want to keep that streak going.”
Murphy celebrated his Bees’ strike with a flying trip north to see twin Jacob, who swapped Norfolk for Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.
“It was strange, to see him in such a big city. Norwich is usually so quiet. When we were out it was just hectic,” he said. “It is exciting because we always have new stories to share now. When we were here of course you experience it together but now we can talk about what happened at training and so on. It is good and he is enjoying it up there. We always talk about football.
“Basically he is doing his thing up at Newcastle and I am doing my thing here. I’m relishing the chance to play regularly and feel like I am doing well. It helps to have my brother go through what he has done. Whatever he feels, I do as well, so we can relate to each other.”