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Newcastle boss Howe: Wood doesn't need goals when he plays like this

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe says he's happy with Chris Wood.

The January signing hasn't scored for Newcastle since his arrival from Burnley.

But Howe said: "I think he's been outstanding since he's arrived. He does a lot of the things people don't necessarily see but he's had a dramatic effect on the team. He's given us the ability to retain the ball from loads of different situations.

"He brings others in to play and his tactical understanding is of the highest level. Yes, he hasn't scored but the team has performed. I can't speak highly enough of him and I've got no thoughts of taking him out the team."

On Jacob Murphy, he added: "He's a very good player. He's physically excellent and I think you can see that from the first goal [against Brighton] he created and the pace he gives you in transition. He's reliable defensively and tactically good. There's a lot to like about him."


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