The ex-Liverpool and England player was on co-commentary on Thursday afternoon. He made the claim about the Forest man after an astonishing miss during the first half.
After receiving a square ball from one of his teammates, Ui-jo looked certain to send South Korea into a shock lead. Instead, he blazed over, missing the target completely from close range.
It wasn’t his finest moment, to say the least. Forest fans will have tuned in to today’s game to catch a glimpse of the player who was immediately sent on loan to Olympiacos when he signed terms with the Reds.
Murphy wasn’t impressed with his finish. He slammed the striker for his lack of composure and went to town on his effort that let South Korea down.
He said live on BBC Sport: “It’s a gilt-edged chance. He’s leaning back, he’s trying to put it in the far corner but he’s not stayed over the ball. It’s an awful finish.”
Ui-jo hasn’t had the best of times lately. He’s made 13 appearances for Olympiacos and has failed to score, with the Greek champions now considering ending his loan.
Ui-jo slammed by Murphy for astonishing miss
This wasn’t the player showcasing the sort of form that clearly caught the eye of Forest. It was, however, the sort of thing you’d expect from a player who hasn’t featured a great deal for his club.
Ui-jo signed for Forest from Bordeaux. He scored 29 goals and claimed seven assists from 98 appearances for the French outfit before signing terms at the City Ground during the summer.
Clearly, he’s struggling with a crisis in confidence. His miss against Uruguay wasn’t typical of him and he will hope to dust himself down quickly and prove his worth to his country at this World Cup.
Forest fans will continue to monitor him with intrigue. At 30-years-old he seemed like a strange player for the Reds to sign. As a result, it will be interesting to see what is planned for him.