Javier Manquillo is the fourth player to join Newcastle United this summer and he’s come in from top club Atletico Madrid and from all reports, Rafa pushed the move through quickly this past week.
While the 23-year-old didn’t have a good time of it at Sunderland last season in their relegation season we’ve seen players like Ciaran Clark in a similar situation with Aston Villa come to the club and do very well.
Ciaran came into the club last summer for a measly £5M release clause and he started playing great for us and with all the confidence in the world under the Newcastle manager – it was probably some of the best form of Ciaran’s career.
Javier Manquillo – happy to be at Newcastle United
We hope that will happen with Javier (he cost £4.5M) although he has a fight on his hands to get the starting right-back position ahead of American DeAndre Yedlin, who had a very good season for us last season.
Rafa’s aim is to bring in players in a lot of different positions this summer to increase the competition for places in the Premier League next season.
Sounds good to us.
This is what Javier said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I was very happy when I received the phone call from Rafa,” “I know that he’s a very big manager and he’s going to try to manage this group very well.”
“I think he’s going to take this club to where it belongs to be. I know that he’s a very big manager and he’s going to try to manage this group very well.”
“I think he’s going to take this club to where it belongs to be.”
“With such a big manager as Rafa, I’m going to try to follow him and take his advice to improve as a player and a person as well.”
“The fact that I can play in different positions has helped me to play more and to help the team more depending on the moment.”
“I just hope to play under the manager’s direction, whether it’s right, left or whatever.” “Having experience in different leagues is going to help me.”
“But also the fact that I already know the Premier League. “That’s going to help me adapt more quickly from the first moment.”
“The fact that some of the staff and players are Spanish speakers is helping me to settle and communicate better.”
“I trained with Ayoze with the Spanish U-21 national team. And also Jesus Gamez, but just for a couple of weeks in pre-season with Atletico.”
“I already know the city – I was living near the city center – so I will have no problems in adapting quickly.”
“From the first moment my team-mates have welcomed me and tried to help me to adapt as quickly as possible.”
“When I went from Real Madrid to Atletico, I was very young, so making that change was different.”
“More recently I played for Sunderland, but now I’ve got the opportunity to join this big club, the biggest in the North East.”
That’s a good last sentence from Javier – one that will quickly endear him to the Newcastle fans.
Like most players Rafa beings into the club, Javier’s very pleased to be at Newcastle and he also seems a smashing lad and ready to fight for his place in the first team.
Manquillo can play in either full-back position so he can also challenge Paul Dummett on the left-hand side, but we expect Rafa to bring in a specialist left-back this summer too.
What do you think?