Murphy started his career at Motherwell, appearing over 200 times for the Steelmen. He is the club’s record European goalscorer and is fondly remembered by the Well support for his contributions during the early stages of his career.
After missing a year of action, the likelihood of him playing every week in Govan is slim. Stephen Robinson needs something extra going forward and Murphy could be that man.
Rangers forward Murphy would add experience to the Motherwell forward line
This signing would go against what Robinson wants to bring to Motherwell somewhat. He doesn’t want to rely too heavily on loans, instead focusing on bringing in young players who he can develop and eventually sell on.
Having someone as experienced as Murphy would aid their development. He has played at a high level for many years now, plus he is familiar with the club.
Against Celtic, the likes of Sherwin Seedorf and Christian Ilic were exposed a bit. They struggled with the intensity of playing against a classy opponent.
If Murphy could prove his fitness, he could be the man Motherwell look to in the big games. In matches against the likes of Aberdeen and Hibs, Murphy is more than capable of stepping up to deliver.
Having missed nearly all of last season through injury, match sharpness would perhaps be an issue. After the Ross McCormack experiment, Robinson may not be too keen on gambling on a former player who’s fitness is questionable.
Putting what he achieved with the Well to one side, the 29-year-old is a classy player. Not only can he play out on the wing, but he’s got the ability to play through the middle too.
It’s a position Motherwell need to strengthen. James Scott is still developing and the jury is still out on Chris Long and Devante Cole. Murphy would add guaranteed goals through the middle if given minutes.
These are the forward’s prime years. If they can get him to full fitness, Murphy would be an excellent addition for the Steelmen.