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“Baller” – Some fans praise “class” £3.1m man who is “head and shoulders above the rest”

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Sheffield Wednesday suffered a 5-3 defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon, but supporters did reserve praise for one player – Jacob Murphy. The 25-year-old came off the bench at half-time and had a hand in all three of Wednesday’s goals – fouled for a penalty, made an assist and scored a goal. Murphy has been outstanding since the turn of the year and fans duly credited him.

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Against Fulham, Murphy played for 45 minutes, had 41 touches, won one aerial duel, completed 66.7% of his 15 passes, created two chances with one assist, had one shot which hit the back of the net, made four dribbles, whipped in six crosses with 33% accuracy, made two interceptions, attempted three long balls with 33% accuracy, made one tackle and was fouled three times.

The 25-year-old joined Wednesday on a season-long loan last summer and has gone on to make 43 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals with six assists. In 2020, Murphy has contributed 11 goals across the board and has been one of the Owls’ best players.

Garry Monk would love to sign Murphy permanently, but he still has one year remaining on his deal at Newcastle United so Wednesday’s final league game might also be his last.

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