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Darren Moore thrilled by impact of West Brom loan stars

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Darren Moore believes his deadline day signings will only get better after two of them scored important goals in the dramatic win over QPR.

Darren Moore (AMA)

Jefferson Montero swept home his first goal for the Baggies five minutes into his first start for the club before Jacob Murphy rifled an impressive long-range effort into the far corner on the hour mark.

They proved to be crucial contributions as Albion edged out a five-goal thriller thanks to Jake Livermore’s late winner.

Murphy now has two goals in the last three games, and Moore is confident there is more to come from his two new wingers now they’re starting to settle in.

“Both players give us a different cutting edge and change the team dynamic,” said Moore. “They’re a threat. Both of them got on the scoresheet and long may that continue.

“They’re getting stronger the more weeks that pass by and the more training sessions they do. We saw glimpses from both players of what they bring to the team.”

Murphy has the unenviable task of trying to fill the position vacated by Harvey Barnes, but he has already found the net twice. And the Newcastle loanee appears to be improving as each match goes by.

“Jacob was always a threat,” said Moore.

“I thought he took his goal very well, he gave us real pace and direction, every time he picked up the ball he put QPR on the back foot. Jacob has tremendous speed and agility and he’s got an eye for goal. He’s scored a couple for us already.

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“He probably feels he could have scored a couple more, so he’s getting stronger, getting more understanding to what we want from his role in the team. He showed more of the Jacob Murphy we want. Hopefully we’ll benefit as the weeks go by.”

Montero joined on loan from Swansea, and having not featured much for the Welsh side this term, he arrived in need of training. Tuesday’s match was his first league start of the season.

“Obviously Jefferson’s had three or four weeks (until he’s started) because we’ve had to give him some volume of training,” said Moore. “We felt it was the right time to pitch him in, and he’s given us an hour of good work.

“For him to score his first goal is really good. I’m really pleased with his contribution.”

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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