Javier Manquillo was brought into the side at left back on Saturday for one of his rare appearances for Newcastle.
That’s the Spanish fullback’s four appearances of the season and his third start for the Magpies this term.
Manquillo is a fringe player and had a bit of a tough time of it on Saturday – but not unlike other Newcastle players.
Rafa wants to get an attacking left back in during the January transfer window to cover and provide competition for the currently injured Paul Dummett since Javier is right-footed; left-back is not his natural position.
We wonder if Dummett will be available for Wednesday’s game at Everton – but it’s probably too early for him to return.
Javier Manquillo – we must keep our heads up
Like the rest of the players, Javier is hoping Newcastle can bounce straight back and get something out of a challenging game at Everton on Wednesday night
This is what Manquillo has said on the Newcastle website today:
“Obviously, every player is happy when they start but what matters is the team.”
“We need to keep our heads up, keep working hard and go for three points in the next game.”
“We need to overcome this and start switching on to the next game.”
“We need to prepare for it well and try to win it. Obviously, Everton are a very tough team.”
“They have proved themselves in the last few years as a good team.”
“We need to try and use our positives, and try to go for them.”
“We knew it was a very difficult game from the beginning.”
“The team started playing well but they scored the first goal and then they were waiting at the back, sitting and going for the counter.”
“We had a lot of chances, and we know we have to score them.”
“We didn’t, they did and that’s what cost us, but this is football and that’s the way it is.”
“The first half was very balanced – it was a very open game and could have gone either way.”
“The second half, we started well but after the second the team came down a little bit and we need to improve on these things.”
“They got some chances in that way and they scored the second and the third.”
“The second goal was the key moment because we were pushing hard, attacking them and on top of them.”
“But they scored the second goal and consequently the team went down a little bit.”
After the game at Everton on Wednesday night, we host Wolves in the 4:00pm match on Sunday.
Wolves are not in good form at the moment and have lost to Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town in their last two games.
Since Wolves beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on October 6, they have played six games – lost five and drawn 1 – so they have just a single point out of the last 15 played for: that was a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
We must have a decent chance of winning that game next Sunday – surely?
Here’s where we stand before the mid-week games – we have dropped two places in the league, but our (precious) goal difference is not looking as good as it was.
Wonder if we can hammer Everton on Wednesday night?