Clark hopes flyer will add pace

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Lee Clark hopes his first signing as Blackpool boss will add much-needed pace to his side.

Jacob Murphy arrived at Bloomfield Road yesterday on a three-month loan deal from Norwich City and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s game at Fulham.

Clark moved quickly for the 19-year-old England youth international, a player the new Pool boss says he has watched on many an occasion.

“Jacob’s very versatile in the front part of the pitch. He can play on the left, right, in off the striker or as a second striker,” said Clark.

“He’s got an abundance of pace and great attacking ability.

“I remember seeing him play in the impressive Norwich youth team that went on to win the FA Youth Cup.

“He’s since been in and around the Norwich first-team and they think highly of him.

“We think he can give us that injection of pace, certainly in the wide areas, that we feel we’re just a bit lacking at the moment.

“He brings lots of enthusiasm as a young player and will give us good options.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but we’re excited that we have a player with genuine pace who can stretch teams and get in behind them, as well as having the ability to beat players and get crosses and shots in.”

Murphy, whose twin brother Josh scored for Norwich in their win at Bloomfield Road in September, has enjoyed previous loan spells with Swindon Town and Southend and says he’s desperate to help ease Pool’s plight.

Murphy said: “I’m here to work hard, and hopefully the results will come and we’ll get Blackpool up the table.

“It’s my first chance at Championship level, and I’m really eager to show Blackpool and everyone what I’ve got.

“I’m here to help get points on the board, score some goals and see where we can go. We need a good result to kick-start a run.

“It’s a really good group of boys. I know John Lundstram, Nile Ranger from Swindon and Donervon Daniels as well.

“Now the main thing is to get my head down. It’s a big step for me and I’m delighted to be here.”