Wednesday 19 September 2018

Daryl 'important' for Toon

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez. Photo: Steve Welsh/Getty Images
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez. Photo: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Rafa Benitez believes that new signing Daryl Murphy can bring the goals which will aid the Mappies' push for promotion,

Murphy, 33, has ended his five-year stay with Ipswich Town by moving to Newcastle on a two-year deal which could see him finish his career at St James' Park.

He becomes the sixth member of the current Ireland squad (along with Ciaran Clark, David Forde, Callum O'Dowda, Marc Wilson and Shane Duffy) to move clubs this summer as Newcastle's long chase for the Waterford man paid off.

Murphy completed the formalities of the deal in time to link up with the Ireland squad in Dublin last night ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Oman, though Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea and James McCarthy all remain injury doubts.

Toon boss Benitez is pleased to have the veteran on board. "Daryl has experience and has proven that he can score goals in the Championship," says Benitez.

"He gives us another option in attack and we could see from this weekend's game against Brighton [a 2-0 win] that we needed more bodies up front. Daryl has a good attitude and he can be very important for us this season."

While Robbie Keane's farewell against Oman could restrict his opportunities, Murphy is likely to feature, possibly in the starting XI, in the qualifier away to Serbia next Monday.

Shane Long was dropped by Southampton for their 1-1 draw with Sunderland, but the main concern for Martin O'Neill is the fitness of Coleman and McCarthy as the World Cup qualifier looms.

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