The Newcastle merry-go-round at right-back has seemingly come full circle back to Javier Manquillo. The 25-year-old started at right wing-back in our season opener against Arsenal. After his last two performances, he’s likely to remain there this Sunday against Southampton.
It’s been quite the turn around for the Spaniard. After DeAndre Yedlin seemingly secured the position with his performances since returning from groin surgery, it was a recent hip injury for the American that has reopened the door for Manquillo.
We were admittedly in shock that Steve Bruce went with Manquillo over Emil Krafth for Manchester City this past weekend. Javier had not even made the bench for the previous six matches while the Swede has made every matchday squad.
However, like with many team selection decisions Bruce has made of late, it was the right call to give Manquillo another chance in the team. Despite facing two attacking sides, he has held his own while contributing in the final third.
It was Manquillo who won the free-kick for Jonjo Shelvey’s equalizer against Manchester City. A goal that is up for Premier League Goal of the Month for November.
Last night, Manquillo whipped in a terrific cross that Allan Saint-Maximin got on the end of for the opening goal. His contribution during the previous two matches has been immense.
That’s just the word that Steve Bruce selected to describe Manquillo’s performances since finding his way back on the pitch.
Speaking to the BBC last night, this is what Steve Bruce interjected while talking about Allan Saint-Maximin’s debut goal:
“A great ball from Manquillo, who over the last couple of games has been immense. Great ball and great delivery from him.”
It was a tremendous ball from Javier, and Allan Saint-Maximin did everything humanly possible to get the ball in the back of the net. Manquillo has been superb since getting his chance again.
That has been a running theme with a number of players since the beginning of October.
Who Was The Man Of The Match At Sheffield United?
- Martin Dubravka (75%, 1,782 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (6%, 132 )
- Federico Fernandez (5%, 121 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (5%, 108 )
- Andy Carroll (3%, 68 )
- Ciaran Clark (2%, 59 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 56 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 28 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 12 )
- Joelinton (0%, 6 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 6 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 5 )
Total Voters: 2,388
What Will Be The Result Against Southampton On Sunday?
- Win (71%, 1,015 )
- Draw (19%, 277 )
- Loss (10%, 141 )
Total Voters: 1,433