Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy has been awarded the November PFA Fans Player of the Month for League 1.Â The talented 20-year-old, who is on a season long loan at Coventry City, has been in devastating form.Â Murphy netted his first professional hat-trick in 10 minutes as the Sky Blues beat promotion rivals Gillingham 4-1.Â The twin to brother Josh, has scored seven goals in 21 matches whilst away from his parent club.
Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray has been nominated for the SkyBet League One Manager of the Month for November.Â The 52-year-old, has always been a fan of Murphy and highlighted his contribution against Colchester United as one of his stand out performances: â€œI wanted to use his speed and mobility down the middle against their centre-halves because heâ€™s a good footballer.Â Like most wingers he can be inconsistent â€“ weâ€™ve seen that at the Ricoh when heâ€™s not got a kick in the first half and then ripped it up in the second â€“ but today he really came to the fore” he told the Coventry Telegraph.
The England under-20 international is now on his sixth loan club. He has netted 14 goals in 62 appearances with periods away at Swindon, Southend, Blackpool, Scunthorpe, and Colchester.
Murphy told the Coventry Telegraph that his improvement in front of goal is due to working with Coventry City goalkeeping legend Steve Ogrizovic: â€œI had a long conversation with Oggy about one-on-one situations and he advised me to always go round the keeper if I can, and it has worked three times now.Â We are always doing a lot of finishing work in training and he noticed that the forwards get into a lot of good positions with just the keeper to beat and as a former goalkeeper he said thatâ€™s what keepers donâ€™t like.â€
The former Middlesbrough manager is aware of Murphyâ€™s talent but he realises that young men take time to adapt to new surroundings: â€œI think people have to accept that wingers are going to be inconsistent. Especially young wingers, who are young boys away from home and their families, uncertain of lots of things as they grow up, and becoming a man really.Â If he does take a bit of flak and take a few boos because they take players on and lose it a few times, thatâ€™s okay. It helps them grow up and learn but whatâ€™s pleasing is he continued right to the death to back his talent to take his opponents onâ€ Mowbray told the Eastern Daily Press.
Peterboroughâ€™s Jermaine Anderson and Port Valeâ€™s Ajay Leitch Smith were also nominated for the award.