For the second summer in succession, Newcastle United are seemingly signing a full-back who spent the previous campaign failing to convince at local rivals Sunderland.
Yet, while DeAndre Yedlin enjoyed a positive debut campaign at St. James’ Park despite struggling for form down the road in Wearside, it appears Newcastle fans are greeting reports that they will sign Javier Manquillo with a great deal of confusion.
Manquillo was second choice behind Billy Jones for much of last season
Manquillo spent last season on loan at Sunderland, making just 19 Premier League appearances as their ten year stay in the top flight was brought to an end. He also struggled during a temporary spell at Liverpool in 2014/15, having his deal cut short midway through the campaign.
Therefore, it is fair to say there are enough reasons for Newcastle to be less than impressed by the identity of their third summer signing.
On the flipside, however, the versatile, two-footed Manquillo could provide some degree of competition for Paul Dummett on the left hand side if needed. Furthermore, at just 23 years of age, he has plenty of potential and the sheer volume of players who have improved since Benitez’s arrival in March last year suggests that Tyneside may be the right place for the one-time Spain Under-21 international to develop.
Yet the fans are clearly divided by this latest transfer link:
If rafa wants him thats gud enuff for me— David Field (@DavidFi96207518) July 18, 2017
Everyone questioned Rafa when he signed Clark and look how good/important he is. Rafa knows what he is doing...— Andrew Elliott (@AndrewElliott_) July 18, 2017
Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez
yeah another flop just what we need for the premier league— TOON BARMY (@Aggaz82) July 18, 2017
If this is true, probably just a squad player because he can play both fullback positions, maybe push Dummett at left back— Ljm (@justatallnerd) July 18, 2017
Couldn't Evan get a game for the Mackams— neil bainbridge (@bambam1975) July 18, 2017
Billy Jones kept him out the team— Andy (@Andy7973) July 18, 2017
He's absolutely shocking. He seems to. Be at fault for a goal every game I've seen him.— Roseph (@JoeRooney81) July 18, 2017
Liverpool cut his loan off early.. Says it all
If we get Manquillo Im going to try & remember that Alonso was rubbish for Sunderland but last year he was very impressive for Chelsea #nufc— Football Human NUFC (@FootballHuman) July 18, 2017
I got him to 85 overall on career mode FIFA 17 so.... every cloud— Magpie Magic (@magic_magpie) July 18, 2017