Newcastle's Jacob Murphy Wants to Put 'His Stamp' on Number 7 Shirt Following Debut

Monday July 24th, 2017

​Newcastle's £10m signing Jacob Murphy has stated how he wants to put 'his stamp' on the famous number seven shirt at St James' Park this season.

The 22-year old, formerly of Norwich City, made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Preston North End on Saturday, coming on in the second-half in front of his proud parents.

The number seven shirt was worn by Achraf Lazaar last season, but with the Moroccan set to leave the club this summer, Murphy is eager to wear the number on a permanent basis, according to the Newcastle Chroniclewith the likes of Kevin Keegan and Rob Lee having worn it in the past.

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"If I do get that shirt, I will be looking to put my stamp on it."

Murphy also spoke of his pride at running out wearing the Newcastle United badge for the first time. "It was nice to look down and see the badge. At one point in the half, I looked down and reminded myself at what an achievement it is to come and play for this club.

"The badge will continue to spur me on, I'm a massive fan. Even last year when I was in the Championship with Norwich, I was still checking up on the scores and seeing how they were getting on. I have a lot of love for this club."

The youngster, who boasts six England Under-21 appearances to his name, was also pleased with the reception he got from the fans. 

"It was a really good atmosphere for a friendly. We could hear them during the whole game and we will need that support during the season. I'm looking forward to walking out at St James' Park in front of that."

It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks for Murphy, who quickly left Norwich's training camp in Germany to join up with the squad in Dublin last week, and is now eager to play and improve under Champions League winning boss Rafael Benitez.

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