Jacob Murphy can terrorise the Championship, warns Norwich City boss Alex Neil
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Jacob Murphy can terrorise the Championship this season, insists his Norwich City boss Alex Neil.
The 21-year-old scored a stunning long range strike on his league debut for the Canaries in a 4-1 rout of Blackburn. Murphy grabbed his big chance to impress at Ewood Park and Neil pledges there is plenty more to come.
'He showed with the goal he has something in his locker where he can go and win you a game with a bit of quality,' said Neil. 'He has got a really good understanding of how I want the system to work. He has the pace to terrify defenders. He can hurt team.
'We have a lot of good footballers who want to come to the ball, Jacob can stretch teams and he will run away from the ball and in behind. He did that really well with some of his other opportunities, where he was involved in the build up and then away he goes.
'He has earned that first league start as well. His brother is a bit unfortunate as well but I have that many good players going forward I just felt in this game with his pace and Wes (Hoolahan) tucking in on the other side it would really punish them.'
Hoolahan rifled the second to put City in command.
'He is a wee star. He has been brilliant for me since I came in,' said Neil. 'He has real quality and the one thing I have always said to him that he needs to add to his game is goals and he has done that recently. He'll be one of the stand out players at this level for me. He was great the last year we were in this division and he has started equally well.'
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