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.
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?