Alex Neil working hard to improve Josh Murphy’s all-round game for Norwich City

Josh Murphy battles with Maya Yoshida of Southampton during Norwich City's recent 1-0 loss at Southa

Josh Murphy battles with Maya Yoshida of Southampton during Norwich City's recent 1-0 loss at Southampton in their FA Cup third round replay. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil is working hard on improving Josh Murphy's all-round game, the young winger revealed after signing a long-term deal with Norwich City.

The 21-year-old committed his future to the Canaries until the summer of 2021 this week, following in the footsteps of twin brother Jacob. The 2013 FA Youth Cup winner realises he still has room for improvement though.

'Everyone knows that I want to be an out-and-out winger and recently the manager has been refining my game to come inside a bit more,' Josh said.

'I feel as if the people who saw my performance against Southampton in the FA Cup recently saw how tucked in I played and how much of a threat I was going forwards, winning free-kicks and putting in crosses.

'So he's changed my game in that sort of sense and he's made me work hard on the defensive side, which I needed because there were times when I didn't track back and stuff, but he's been there to help me improve my game.'

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Murphy spent last season on loan in the Championship with MK Dons last season, scoring seven goals in 46 games in all competitions and winning Players' Player of the Season.


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He has had to be patient while back with City this season though, making 15 senior appearances but only starting two league games. He did also score five goals in three games in the Checkatrade Trophy for City's under-23s – but feels there is still more to come.

'I haven't had too much game-time but I feel as if when I have played I've done all-right, two goals, five assists, in 15 appearances and most of them being off the bench,' he continued.

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'So all I want is that game-time to show what I can do and I'm sure if I get to play longer, I can get more assists, more goals, and help this team out.'

Speaking to City's official website, Murphy added: 'Everyone's here to work hard and we know what we need to do to make things right.

'This is a Premier League squad we've got, and as long as we keep sticking together and let our football do the talking then we're going to be fine because we've been playing some good football of late, stopped conceding the sloppy goals and we're looking more of a goal threat like we did at the start of the season.'

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