West Brom secured a valuable win in their quest for a place in next season’s Premier League yesterday, running out 1-0 winners away at Stoke City.
The Baggies earned three points courtesy of Dwight Gayle’s 25th minute goal and showed great character and determination to keep in touch with the top of the table. They remain in fourth, but gained ground on Leeds and Sheffield United who both drew at the weekend, as well as pulling away from Boro in fifth.
It wasn’t all joy and happiness for the Baggies though as one of their recent signings did little to impress his new fans. Jacob Murphy has joined on loan to replace the outgoing Harvey Barnes, but as yet he’s not captured the imagination of the fans.
He was described as ‘up and down’ by one poster on Twitter, whilst another went a little further, questioning the former Norwich man’s heart. He’ll certainly need some bigger performances in the coming weeks if he’s to win over fans at the Hawthorns.
Jacob Murphy’s been absolutely shocking #wba
— Lewis Botfield (@lewis_botfield) February 9, 2019
Johansen looks some player let’s not forget he’s hardly played this season he will only get stronger, to be convinced about Murphy if I’m being brutally honest , Barry super , hegazi man mountain reminded me of he’s preformance at old Trafford Last season #wba
— Jason Wheeler (@lebouf1976) February 9, 2019
Very, very good win. Hegazi should’ve got MOTM imo, but Barry, Johansen, Gayle and Dawson all excellent. Wasn’t too impressed with Rodriguez or Murphy but we got the job done. Good game management too when needed ???? #wba
— joe ???? (@joekapalo) February 9, 2019
Johanson balances our midfield superbly..Murphy was up and down a bit, but will be a great asset in the coming games.. 2 young hungry kids on the bench #wba
— Lee Armstrong (@UncleSock) February 9, 2019
Job done #WBA but in reality we offered little to nothing in attack and still looked uneasy at the back. Johansen nothing spectacular but not fit so more to come from him. Murphy still hasnt shown my anything to be excited about I thought Montero did more in his cameo #WBA
— Andrew Beech (@beechyboy90) February 9, 2019
Rodriguez, Murphy really poor today #wba
— Dave Newell (@bigdiscodave) February 9, 2019
Considering Jacob Murphy is trying to revive his career he has very little heart, work rate and looks like he is made from Wheatabix . Yet to see any real quality from the bloke tbh#wba
— Matt Baker (@bakermatt86) February 9, 2019