Why Signing Javier Manquillo At A Low Fee Makes Sense For Newcastle United


There are some questions among Newcastle fans about why Rafa Benitez is signing 23 year-old Javier Manquillo, the Spanish U21 right-back who hardly impressed for Sunderland last season during their relegation season, and Javier spent most of his time at the Black Cats warming the bench.

As we reported yesterday, Javier is now in Dublin taking his medical but we still haven’t been able to get a hold on what the transfer fee may be – but it will not be much.

23 year-old Javier Manquillo on loan at Liverpool in 2016

Javier will challenge American International DeAndre Yedlin for the starting right back berth at Newcastle.

It’s interesting that we signed a right back from Atletico Madrid for the second time in two summers (Jesus Gamez came in last summer) and also signed the Sunderland right-back who was on loan – for the second time in two summers – after we signed DeAndre Yedlin last summer.

But even though it looks a strange signing – most Newcastle fans including us, have backed Rafa’s decision to sign Javier:  the Spanish manager must see something in him to bring him to Tyneside.

And we have to remember there were similar questions when Rafa signed Ciaran Clark last summer after the 27 year-old had a very poor season the season before at Aston Villa when they were also relegated.

Ciaran has been one of our best players last season and he was a steal at just £5M.

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It’s also interesting that Javier can play either right-back or left-back and he had a run in the Sunderland side at left-back after Bryan Oviedo was injured.

According to the Chronicle today Rafa thinks Javier is at a good age and offers him flexibility and can also improve under Rafa’s tutelage – we wouldn’t doubt that.

As long as a young player has the incentive to improve then he has a great chance of doing that with Rafa Benitez whose goal seems to be to improve every player he coaches every season.

The other thing is that Javier will be low risk and will cost a few million pound so most of the risk for Newcastle will be on the upside. and if push comes to shove and he Manquillo doesn’t make it we will not lose much and could probably sell him for what we buy him for from Atletico.

And if push comes to shove and Manquillo doesn’t make it at Newcastle we will not lose much and could probably sell him for what we buy him for from Atletico this summer.

So when you look at those reasons and the fact we don’t have an awful lot of money to spend this summer – at least when compared to clubs in mid-table in the Premier League – it makes a lot of sense.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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29 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed
    I don’t think it’s a bad signing at all, think some of us are a little concerned if this is the only standard or worse the price we will pay for players.

    We all know we need a proven striker and creative midfielder but we won’t get the standard paying in single millions.

    TV money released soon according to some bloggers, maybe this is what we are waiting for.

    Hopefully this lad will fulfil his early career promise. Time will tell

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #2
  • Spoof

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    This signing is a surprise, but I think it’s only fair that we keep an open mind and give the lad a chance.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Jail

    I don’t get how you can justify Gamez as a success, I agree we didn’t have many injuries for him to come in but we did play cups and he didn’t feature heavily in them. If he wasn’t a dud why would we be looking to replace Anita when we already have yedlin, sterry and as we saw in the last friendly Mbemba played RB.

    We obviously have differing opinions of success, I think you need to able to get onto pitch to be successful and if you can’t even do that then you simply aren’t good enough…..much like Lazaar!!

    Let’s agree to disagree, good to see we have some momentum in the window, not been thrilled by any signings just yet but still time.

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  • G

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib @2, very immature joke… nice one! Could be improved if they signed a couple of funny named players, ala Dunga / Rod Fanni etc…

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    If we need to sell Big Al to Lyon for £16m in order to get Bas Dost then so be it.
    Mitrovic will rip up Ligue 1.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Aaaaargh, missed the bus again!!

    Essex Geordie Bill
    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:01 PM
    Comment #139
    See in The Canary that HS2 is going to be the most expensive White elephant in the world so that (here come the football connection) London club fans can get to Birmingham twenty minutes faster.

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    Essex Geordie Bill
    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:05 PM
    Comment #140
    Whilst I think about and going back to the Hearts game, it looks like Cathro is doing a good job there, it was a good run out for our lads.

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8

    Penalty shootout twixt Munich and the Gooners in Shanghai

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  • G

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #9

    On a serious note, I always thought the best name for a football team I ever heard was ‘Hearts of Oak’

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  • Colombus

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Manquillo is bought as cover and could prove to be a descent signing. He’s known to the area and I think he might settle in quickly. Im only hoping that Rafa is checking on another player from Atletico who seems available and that is midfielder Matias Kranevitter. He might just be the industry-player we are missing and I think he might be in our price range! Go get him Raffa!

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  • marcusblackcat

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Have to say I think he’s an OK player – never hit any great heights to justify his £18m fee we’d have apparently had to buy him for (was one of the clauses we had although the fee was never in concrete)

    He’ll be a good player with good players around him IMO – he had mainly utter rubbish last season with us and looked inconsitent – couldn’t get in the side ahead of Billy Jones at the end (Billy Jones looked better to be honest) but I saw a few things I quite liked about Manquillo. Could be a good signing if the fee is as low as you think – if it’s more than £5m and I were you lot I’d be disappointed

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #12

    When does Rafa have to submit his 25 man squad?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Bobbybee – it was a joke post about cricketers names. I am one of the first on here to object to homophobia.

    We have had numerous debates on here historically about what is politically correct nowadays compared to yesteryear when some words were “acceptable” – which you suggest by the phrase “different generation”.

    Objectionable words nowadays are mong, spacka which I think it is fare to say most bloggers object to and rightly so. I did spot another word used the other day by yourself which now is viewed as unacceptable in this modern era – retard.
    A lot of people would find this word unacceptable – I know it has been highlighted on the Disability Uk website.
    Please take this post as intended to try to “modernise” ourselves so as not to upset folks who can be upset at certain words thesedays and not as a dig.

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  • posada

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    If we have to pay any money for this lad I would have serious doubts about it.
    He is not wanted by his present club and has only one year left on his deal.
    There is not a queue of buyers lining up for players we have in that situation, such as Saviet, Riviere and Haidara.
    If he had been bought by a previous regime folks would be thinking it was a bit dodgy.
    What’s the Athletico connection.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15

    If we can get that amount for Mitro then it would go a long way in the transfer market and could help fund a decent striker.
    We all had high hopes for Mitro but it just hasn’t worked out for him here, which is a shame because his passion is infectious. He wants to be here and loves the club but that isn’t enough sadly. Wonder how much Rafa will take for him if push comes to shove?

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Blooming heck Arsenal win on pens !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d rather sell Mitro and pip the hammers to signing Hernandez whilst still having money left over from selling mitro

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib

    I was going to say it was a forgone conclusion but there you go we can beat the Germans on penalties.

    Amazing!!

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  • posada

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Bill
    We beat the Germans at Pennas with how many Englishmen in the team ?

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  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Bambams

    After some pushing and shoving with Ashley, Rafa’s got a budget and control of signings. After getting his budget and free rein on signings, he’s not going to go to Ashley for more cash – he’ll be working with what he’s got and thus buying within his budget.

    After a season in the Championship, the Club won’t have the money that last season’s Prem clubs have to play with – we’re relatively skint – and so Rafa ain’t got the money to spend on high-fee/ wages players; especially as player prices and wages seem to have gone through the roof of late.

    So, Rafa’ll be trying to assemble a squad that’ll (to quote Jack Charlton) will avoid relegation.

    Frustrating as it’ll be for fans, we’ve got to live within our means keeping enough in reserve for January if we need reinforcements to keep us in the safety zone.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Technically they aren’t all germans and arsenal aren’t all English

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Bobby we paid £13m for AM
    If we get offered £12m I think Rafa would take it

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Does everyone here rate Bas Dost that highly? He seems like a decent poacher but I don’t see him as much better than Mitrovic- he scores goals when he’s got good service (better finisher than Mitro obviously) but I don’t see him as worth anything like £35m. Though it’s all monopoly money now, no real sense of value to anything.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry you took offence, none was meant. Let’s move on.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Why so many over rate our current players is beyond me, they were a squad put together for promotion, which they did a great job and achieved , although some of the football was poor tbh. but the majority are damn average players for the premier league. I’m afraid alot of fans are in for a reality check UNLESS some real proven quality come in. We only have Gayle who can be relied on for goals.
    Rafa does have time for signing the players we need, but it’s not looking good so far.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 19, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #26

    @toonkk – We still have a championship level squad, I don’t think you can really deny that right now.

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Peter Graves of Sky joke.

    “Why’s Rafa happy in Ireland?” “Because the transfer deals keep ‘Dublin’.”

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 19, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #28

    I think we all want players bought to be a success…but it should be seen as legit to have difference of opinion to our manager…

    …it’s not like he has gotten all of this signings right in the past (far from)

    From a personal point of view my problem is that I cannot get my hands around what Rafa’s blueprint is…and when I question it certain posters seems to want to correct me (as if you can correct a point of view…doesn’t really make sense does it?)

    To Ed the signing of Manquillo makes sense because at lot of us questioned the signing of Clarke and he turned out to be a solid signing…sure that’s how logic works!

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