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Great Attitude By Defender Will Serve Him Well With Increased Competition


One player who has come on recently has been our Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo. Manquillo has found it very hard to get a run of games since he joined the club in the summer of 2017 from Atletico Madrid.

He started off decently in our first season back in the Premier League where he was able to get a run of games at both left and right-back. His performances were solid if not spectacular. However, he ended up losing his place and spent the majority of the second half of his inaugural season as an unused substitute.

His second season saw more of the same as he failed to nail down a starting spot to begin the season. He had a string of games in December but he was primarily cover for both full-back positions.

Javier Manquillo– taking advantage of his opportunity

Then in early April he replaced DeAndre Yedlin in the squad and got a run of four games playing a little more forward in the right wing-back role. It was the best we had ever seen Javier Manquillo play in a Newcastle shirt.

He took that form into this pre-season and was one of the stand-outs. This past game against Arsenal, we thought he was solid though the wing-backs often had to play from very deep.

With DeAndre Yedlin still recovery from groin surgery and not expected to return for another month, Manquillo has taken advantage of his first-team opportunity.

However, there is another name at the club that Javier will have to contend with. That is our new right-back Emil Krafth who just joined the club this past Thursday.

When asked in an interview on NUFC TV about the increased competition at his right-back position, this is how Javier responded:

“Whenever you have someone who makes you compete for the shirt. It’s much better for the team because that means that you always need to be alert.

“Competition is always going to improve the squad so that can only be a good thing.

“What every footballer always wants is to be playing regularly and so I always work as hard as I can to be ready and available for the team and to always be able to help them out.

“They are settling in nicely, and it’s up to us to try and give them as much help as possible in this so that they can adapt to the football here as quickly as possible.

“They really are great players and they are going to be absolutely great for us moving forward.”

This is a great attitude by the Spaniard who has had his spells in and out of the side. However, it is up to him to maintain his current performance levels to retain his starting spot. At just 25-years-old, he is maturing and coming into his prime. He will hopefully only get better.


108 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Manquillo is an honest pro , not terrible but not great at anything – hopefully krafth will be an upgrade

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Neil

    Are you sure Krafth is competition for the RB slot?

    Bruce might fancy him in midfield or up front, depends who’s on the bench though.

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Okay, up early tomorrow – night all, be nice … It’s only the internet )

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Tony you slipped up today.

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  • Tony Baloney

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #5

    In what way Leonidas?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Adrian definitely got away with one there like.
    I thought it would have been retaken.

    1
  • Mindshaft

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Benji, I noticed that myself but can’t be assed to engage – 3 weeks in toon then later he ain’t been in Yoon since April 2015…yawn – I don’t give a toss to be honest , attention seeker

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  • beefman13

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Liverpool win Super Cup, the 48th trophy they have won since the last time we won a trophy.

    There is famine of biblical proportions on Tyneside, balancing the books eh, no fcuka could make it up.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Hahaha jib blaming no football talk on the blog down to TMG.
    Its like blaming 300 for 45k support the team not the regime having no atmosphere, zero ,none no voice. Jib you were one of them.
    Ya na you can talk football. Like anyone of you can like nicky does, he just ploughs on.
    If yous done the same then there would be footy talk on the blog.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I’m an increasingly big fan of Manquillo’s.

    He has noticeably matured and now does pretty much everything well. I particularly like his movement and distribution. He’s starting to fulfill the promise that earned him first team starts as a kid at Atletico and Liverpool.

    If I didn’t know better, I’d think some fans can’t overlook him being an average performer in a poor Sunderland team. 😉

    He’s come on a lot since then.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Watched the scouse game with the young lad, trying to encourage him to support his team, whilst (me) hating Liverpool. At least I have algarve sunshine to enjoy.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Nicky i’d need to look at him again. I think he lacks pace for a start.

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  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Balloony

    So, you’re taking some time away from work are you? Considering your next career move too?

    And with your wealth, you’ve spent 18 or so weeks travelling – six with your ma? .

    Have you thought about changing your name to Philias Phogg? You’re out-Jibbing Jib and that’s saying something. Next stop Spain perhaps helping him in his various guises?

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Genj im concerned about a dead atmosphere and a dead team. Does your plan go to sunderland level and below to dump ashley, or will he reinvest for bruce to get us up , as he did with rafa?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #15

    I think that Krafth needs to earn his chance to replace Manquillo, I wouldn’t start him in the team, Manquillo is well worthy of his place at the moment.

    Same with Yedlin, he’ll need to get in line.

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  • lesh

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit, Reilly, Ron Knee

    A few words from the SD auditor piece were Ashley’s words; ‘… while Sports Direct offers “transparency, true and fair accounts, and realistic communications and expectations to the market”.

    Can we assume that NUFC’s accounts are based in the same high standards as SD’s?

    Now what worries could the big four possibly have? Harrumph.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Can krafth play cb aswell?

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Nicky I too like Manquillo, who has had a few decent assists in his few first team appearances.

    Some players burst onto the scene all Gibbs blazing, others emerge gradually. He’s one of the latter, and had yet to reach his full potential.

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  • Prestonmag66

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Bill, if you’re still around, yes I’m in Preston for my sins 🙁

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Yeah, If he had a bit more pace he’d be at a senior club and starting Munster. He’s not slow though, and what he does lack in real pace he makes up for somewhat with his movement and anticipation. He’s a solid, consistent performer at wing back and certainly not a weakness in our 11, in my opinion.

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  • carltoon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Nicky , Manquillo much improved. Did well end of last season. Can’t see Yedlin getting straight back in to the team

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Munster

    are you saying we have a team of Zombies, I can just imagine Lascelles lurching down the pitch trying to eat Krulls brains on Saturday. Braaaaaiiins!

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Muster mag
    There was 47500 people in SJP. As the club keep saying, so it is more than packed out to supply an atmosphere.
    Ask jib what he plans on doing to raise the atmosphere in the stadium. Ask posada.
    Ask bills son.
    Go on im concerned aswell what are yous going to do for an atmosphere? Are yous actually going to cheer the team on, you know act on your mantra “support the team”.
    Are you not entertained? Clearly yous wernt thats ashleys doing.
    So munster ask bruce ask ashley.
    I know what ive got to do.
    Seems like 45k forgot what they were suppose to do.

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  • carltoon

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Although Yedlin super fast he’s not the Greatest of defenders.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Munster, these plans you speak of are not genjikai’s, he’s merely the most vocal member of the magpie group on here. There are others too.

    There are ten supporters groups who have come up with a common policy and a number of plans. That’s admirable, particularly as one of the main points is to not sow division in the fan base. This is something genjikai has mentioned several times.

    If you’re really interested in what the plans are, follow the magpie group or Ashley out our any of the other fan groups on social media.

    For sure they’ll not be announcing any plans in advance on here, if that means they can be more readily countered by Ashley’s goons.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Beefman, they have built an amazing club with winning stitched in the crest. We have created two decent teams and a lot of noise, passionate fans and emotion. They had manchester and the Beatles to pull players. We had coal , sunderland and no history since the 50s.its hard to compare us. Now, we have idiots like the Frog and other pond dwellers telling other fans how to support nufc. The blog has declined hugely.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 14, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Genjikai

    Don’t forget that there were 10000 freebie tickets and 7500 mannequins although I believe that 4iiiis is going to have them fitted with speaker systems, singing ‘there’s only one Mike Ashley’ and other nice thing about him.

    We’ll probably need OLG to rig up some sort of jamming system.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Yedlin has quite a few weaknesses I think carltoon, relatively speaking. He’s very very fast, and that is an undeniable asset, possibly the greatest asset a player can have, it’s why Dummett starts ahead of Fernandez, and while a decent footballer, still lacks by comparison to Manquillo in almost every other respect, as far as I have been able to see.

    In terms of reading the game, movement, anticipation, control, distribution, getting tight and goal side, ball winning, defensive heading, etc, I think Manquillo has now gone past him and has a big chance to make the shirt his own. But he will be dropped if his form dips, with the addition of Krafth and Yedlin still on the books.

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  • carltoon

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #29

    The best atmosphere in the Platinum Club was last home game of last season against Liverpool. Only because the majority were Liverpool fans. It was jumping. It’s usually like a Library. Except me of course who shouts and sings the whole game. Much to the annoyance of those around me .

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Genj I hoped we had a buyer recently. I dont thibk we had a credible buyer or a seller (unless 400k was involved). So we now have a mess, but with passionate fans missing, and a zombie stadium. To me we look like relegation material , helped towards relegation a dead ground. I presume you want relegation because you feel it damages ashleys ownership(and no , im not a bloody shill but you know that already)

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Carltoon i thought i could hear a voice at arsenal.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #32

    Better to say “one of the reasons” Dummett starts ahead of Fernandez. Dummett of course is also left footed.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #33

    Na mate made it clear in december my stance on relegation.
    Again assumptions.
    Been a big day if assumptions on here.

    Dont get onto me about relegation get onto ashley if your so concerned.
    Dont get on to me for having no atmosphere at sjp because there was 47k in the stadium.
    There was 300 outside who made more noise that 45k.
    Enough said.

    19
  • Genjikai

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #34

    The boycott was a failure according to this blog so why does it bother any of you?

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  • carltoon

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Ha ha yes that was mine. This couple must have been their first time at NUFC. Sat in front of me. Of course half time they went early came back late and we had scored. When they came back I laughing said you missed a goal. No she said I heard you from where I was. Fuming I was . The cheeky cow.

    9
  • carltoon

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #36

    This was last season when we a few games.

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  • Genjikai

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #37

    Mindshaft that little slip up is nothing in comparison to what he revealed to me today.

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  • carltoon

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #38

    The protest have been talked about on every TV Chanel even in the US. So they are definitely working. If everyone one does something surely it will help. Did any hear Total Sport tonight. A great caller really passionate talking about giving up his season ticket. He was nearly in tears.

    6
  • beefman13

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Munster, NUFC were the most famous team in England in the 50’s
    There was a lot more than coal to Newcastle.
    Our engineering, the railways, we changed history.

    12
  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Beef, im not patronising nufc or geordies. I am a staunch defender of both over here. But they had some advantages, and shankly. It kills me to see Liverpool being so good.

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