Jacob Murphy leaves his team-mates in stitches as he performs over-extravagant lift of Sela Cup trophy after Newcastle finish their pre-season with thumping 4-0 win over Villarreal
- The Magpies secured the pre-season title after also beating Fiorentina 2-0
- Eddie Howe named two completely different sides for the games this weekend
- Newcastle kick-off their Premier League campaign against Aston Villa next week
Jacob Murphy had his Newcastle team-mates cracking up after his over-the-top trophy lift as Newcastle won the Sela Cup.
In their final pre-season friendly before the Premier League gets underway next weekend, Eddie Howe’s side beat Villarreal 4-0 at St James’ Park.
Murphy, Joelinton and Harvey Barnes (two) were on the scoresheet as the side finished their preparations with a trophy and ensured they had gone through the summer unbeaten, having also taken part in the Premier League Summer Series tournament in the United States.
In the two-day tournament, Newcastle beat Fiorentina 2-0 on Saturday before a completely changed side secured the trophy the next day.
And Murphy, well-known on Tyneside for his bubbling personality, sarcastically lifted the trophy in the presentation, drawing smiles from his team-mates.
Jacob Murphy (pictured holding Sels Cup trophy) left his team-mates in stitches with his trophy lift
Murphy was clearly delighted to have won the pre-season tournament at St James’ Park
Newcastle beat LaLiga side Villarreal 4-0 on Sunday to ensure they finished pre-season undefeated
Murphy, who started 14 games in the Premier League last season as Newcastle returned to the Champions League, played 90 minutes in the game, scoring his side’s opening goal after just six minutes.
After Matt Ritchie crossed in from a corner, Murphy picked up the ball after it was half-cleared by the Italian side and swiped his effort home from just inside the area.
Newcastle dominated the game, but were made to wait until just after the hour mark for new signing Harvey Barnes to double their lead on his first game at St James’ Park for Newcastle.
Joelinton – who netted the third himself with a fine solo goal – could have shot, but squared to Barnes, before the former Leicester man added his side’s fourth and his second 12 minutes from time after a neat cutback from Callum Wilson.
Though celebrations were tame at full time, Murphy took it upon himself to lift spirits with an overdramatic trophy lift at the presentation.
As the cup made its way along the line of players, Murphy grabbed it for his go, before running left to right in an attempt to build anticipation.
He eventually lifted the trophy and let out a huge roar as his team-mates laughed and clapped his efforts.
Harvey Barnes scored twice for Newcastle in his first game at St James’ Park since joining
Eddie Howe’s side will kick off their Premier League season against Aston Villa next weekend
Murphy may find game time limited at Newcastle this season with Barnes, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron and more to compete with in the wide positions, but he’s still a vital member of the squad on and off the field.
Newcastle will take on Aston Villa at Villa Park in their opening game of the season on Saturday, having picked up five wins and two draws from their pre-season campaign.
They will then face Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton in a difficult opening few weeks of fixtures.
They will compete in the Champions League for the first time since the 2002/03 season, having finished fourth in the Premier League last campaign.
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