Time for Jacob Murphy to put his feet up at Norwich City

Alex Neil felt Jacob Murphy has looked weary in recent Norwich City games. Picture by Paul Chesterto

Alex Neil felt Jacob Murphy has looked weary in recent Norwich City games. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jacob Murphy is under orders to put his feet up over Norwich City's international break.

The 21-year-old has been a revelation during the Canaries' early Championship battles after notching six goals in 10 games in all competitions.

City chief Alex Neil, however, made it clear in the recent away games at Newcastle and Wolves he feels the wide player is starting to show signs of the strain of his heavy workload. Murphy's twin, Josh, also lit up the club's EFL Trophy win at Everton as well and Neil is in no doubt both will play their part in the months ahead.

'Jacob has looked mentally and physically drained,' he said. 'He is only a young lad who has scored six times for us and been terrific. I didn't think he was at his best (at Wolves) but that is because I am demanding so much from him and to be fair he has never let me down.

'They have been great for us so far, particularly Jacob, who has played more than his brother at present. They went out on loan to get themselves ready so they were able to perform for us.

'They are two good lads. The only trouble I have is identifying which is which when I do team talks.'

Neil's side went into the break second in the Championship after the perfect response to adversity at Newcastle.

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'It just shows how things go in peaks and troughs. I know everybody was really down after that game and it was the end of the world but we have won again and now we are all back on track,' he said. 'I have told the boys it is not good for my heart-rate. If we were not winning games the bottom line is we would be criticised. It can get better, which is a pleasing thing from our point of view because it is when you are playing really well and not winning that is the time to worry.'

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