Eddie Howe on the "deep thinker" he loves picking in his Newcastle United team

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has heaped praise on "deep thinker" Jacob Murphy after his role in the Magpies' big win over Burnley.

Murphy put in a hard working shift at Turf Moor as Howe's formation featured a front two with the wide man handed extra defensive duties on the day. But Murphy's attacking play was the key to winning the encounter against the Clarets as he walked away with two assists and had a hand in another goal.

Howe told Chronicle Live: "Jacob is such a reliable player for us. He is so dependable. At Burnley, he had quite a big job on his hands tactically as we asked him to do something slightly different. He really does understand the game and he's a deep thinker.

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"He does have the quality and you can see with the goals he created and assisted for us just how important he is to us."

Howe suggested switching to a front two of Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak was a tactic designed to cope with Burnley's fluid play and quick progression up the pitch.

Howe said: "The whole team was set up differently because that's how we felt we needed to play against Burnley, we felt it was the right way. With our away form being as it has been, the opportunity to play two experienced strikers to try to give the opposition a problem with having two strikers in their face.

"It is all very well having that idea but you have to go and do it. Our execution was at the highest level. It doesn't always work like that but it did on Saturday and I was delighted to get four goals."