SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper does not anticipate running into any problems should he wish to extend Jacob Murphy’s loan stay from Norwich City but he’ll wait until the last minute to decide whether or not he wants to keep the young forward.
Murphy has made six appearances for the Robins, three of which have been as a substitute, since arriving from the Canaries on an initial one-month deal at the beginning of February.
The terms of that arrangement expire this weekend, meaning the League One visit of MK Dons to the County Ground will, as it stands, be the teenager’s final outing in the red of Town.
Cooper has been impressed by Murphy in patches during his brief time in Wiltshire and is open to the possibility of keeping him on for the remainder of the campaign, particularly given Nile Ranger’s long-term injury absence, but the Swindon boss has not yet made up his mind.
However, he is confident that even if he leaves the decision until after the game against the Dons he won’t have any difficulties prolonging Murphy’s stay.
When asked if any discussions regarding an extension had taken place, Cooper told the Advertiser: “Not at the moment, we’re going to see how he goes for the month but I don’t think there’d be any problem if we chose to extend it. I haven’t thought about it, to be honest.
“He’s got another game so we’ll see how he goes on Saturday and take it from there.
“Some can be done longer, some people have done so well that you have to do it straight away before somebody else takes them.”
Murphy has been used as a winger, a wide forward and a number 10 playing off the central striker during his time with Swindon and Cooper is still figuring out where the 19-year-old is most effective.
“I think he could play anywhere,” he said. “He could play as a number 10, a number seven, a number 11 – we chose to go with two strikers today. Jacob has impressed in patches and there are things he’s got to learn.”