Norwich City youngster Jacob Murphy learns a tough lesson in Johnstones Paint Trophy defeat by Posh

Jacob Murphy prepares to make his debut as a substitute replacing twin brother Josh. Jacob Murphy prepares to make his debut as a substitute replacing twin brother Josh.

Chris Lakey
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
11:30 AM

Jacob Murphy is in the very, very formative years of what could be a good career in football, but he has already suffered “Wembley heartache”.

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It has afflicted many professionals - usually those of a much more experienced variety - as their dream of appearing at the home of English football disappears in front of their eyes.

Murphy - and twin brother Josh - will celebrate his 19th birthday on Monday. On his CV, the Norwich City youngster has a grand total of four senior appearances, the latest of which was his only start, for Swindon, where he is on loan, against Peterborough, in Monday night’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final second leg.

It was a harsh learning curve; Murphy’s poor pass let in Michael Bostwick whose cross found striker Britt Assombalonga, who headed home Posh’s equaliser.

Then, five minutes from full-time, with the scores on the night and overall, level, Murphy was replaced by Tijane Reis. The suggestion was that Reis came on especially for the imminent penalty shootout.

It was a disappointing end to the match for Murphy, but worse was to come: with the penalty shootout locked at 3-3, Reis stepped up to the spot, and skewed his spot-kick horribly wide, leaving Tommy Rowe to slot home and claim Posh’s place at Wembley.

Murphy had shown well in parts, but once Swindon had taken the lead in the 34th minute he was dropped back into a less adventurous role; perhaps he is better suited to playing out wide.

However, while it may take a while to get over the disappointment, the night will have served Murphy - and Norwich City - well. At his age, Murphy needs to learn, that is why he is out on loan. And anyone with access to the footballing cliché book will tell you that it is imperative you learn from your mistakes and disappointments - so you can tick that off the Murphy list without NCFC suffering any lasting damage.

Murphy is one for the future - and the recent past may come in handy one day

Do you think City benefit from sending their young players out on loan? Or is it a waste of time?

10 comments

  • Ooops! Started off with almost the same words as you, Dan!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • I am not buying the Murphy twin hype. They have been advertised quite a lot. But in all honesty there is not much ability there. Maybe a league 1 career. But really not liking their introduction to the team when we are battling for survival. Wasting valuable space

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    AC Canary

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Totally agree Matt, I think the Premier league should make it compulsory and the fixture list could easily be the reverse of the 1st team. Money used to be the excuse but given the shed loads all teams now get from television rights that excuse no longer hold water.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Depends where they go and why. At the moment, I think it is better for them to go out, if only to get away from the current stultifying culture at Carrow Road. Hopefully, Declan Rudd will return with a real chance of playing 1st team football (though goalies are a special case). Under the infamous Roeder, Chris Martin and Michael Spillane went out, but I think he just wanted Tweedledum and Tweedledee out of his way. Chris Martin did return to have some success under a decent manager. Alas, we`ve lost Tom Adeyemi and Jed Steer. Certainly the loan system can benefit young players and clubs alike. Specially as there is now no Reserve Team football to bridge the gap between Development Squads and the 1st Team.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Its Petty I know and most fans wouldn't give a stuff. I was just quite sad as a child and enjoyed reading the match day program and handbook id get every christmas. From a benifit POV it help the player I mentioned hugely. People are crying out for Becchio in the first team. I like Becchio but I wouldnt go as far to say hes the answer to all our problems or should play ahead of Hooper & Co etc....but if for 1 game fans ruled the world and they thrust him into the starting xi, how effective would Becchio be? I'd bet alot of money he hasnt completed 90 minutes of competitive football in over half a year.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Plagiarism, Brewer? You? Disappointing.

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I think it depends entirely on where they go and why the loan club wants the player. Alex Ferguson always gave priority for loan signings to Watford because they used to bend over backwards to keep the development of the player going, regularly sending reports back to Manchester and also regularly playing the players loaned in. Some clubs loan just for cover, NCFC have done the same, which is only good for players that would have been left out of their parent club. NCFC has a good record for young loan players coming in - we did Peter Crouch the world of good and he did the same for us.

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    Dan

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Quote:"....once Swindon had taken the lead in the 34th minute he was dropped back into a less adventurous role". Then they lost. Who does that sound like? We haven't got the only plonker then.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Actually agree to a large extent AC. Josh certainly looks the one with more potential. Jacob looked extremely out of his depth against Fulham at Carrow Road. Hopefully something comes of them but it wuldnt surprise me if they faded off into the lower leagues. Just a fact of life these days that very few genuine wonder kids come through the ranks. If there truly special they force there way into the team what ever age they are.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I still 100% agree with Darren Eadie that a more serious reserve league needs to return. The reserve league in his opinion was vital for players on the outside of the first team picture, returning from injury etc....Playing once in a blue moon in a side consisting of kids doesn't help anyone and to be fair the club doesn't even use it anyway. Very very rarely do we see an out of the picture full senior like Becchio or Fox play for the u21 side. Im all for Becchio, fox & co getting chances as the boys Hughton favours clearly ain't doing it in the 1st team, BUT how do we expect a Becchio or a Fox to simply come off the bench for 6 minutes in a game were likely losing already and do the business when in reality they have not completed a full 90 minute competitive game in likely 6months (maybe more). Come to think of it, how many competitive 90minute matches do you think Becchio has completed in the last year.....or in fact during his entire NCFC stay? He's no use to anyone at the moment. Sure he plays behind closed doors friendlies but we all know there a different thing to real competitive matches. Bring back a full functioning reserve league. I remember the days of reading each match day program for match reports on the reserve & youth side and checking the stats of up and coming players like Jamie Cureton, Drew Broughton & Adrian Coote scoring for fun. It's very rare we have evening games so the reserve league would fit the club even more as there is no game during the week. Imagine right now if we had a reserve side with no age restrictions like there is currently with the u21 set up style. The likes of David Fox, Mark Bunn, Becchio, Garrido etc....who have not got a full 90 minutes under there belt in months and months would benifit just as much as the likes of Josh Murphy & the other u21's.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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