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A Positive Sign As Full-Back Looks Ahead To Leeds But Midfielder Faces Late Fitness Test

There could be good news on Javier Manquillo after his excellent performance on Saturday at Old Trafford. It was the Spaniard’s first league start of the campaign and he scored the game’s only goal while putting in a solid shift defensively on the right.

It was Javier’s first goal as a Magpie and was a superb finish from the wing-back. How many times has the 27-year-old come in from the cold to put in a performance out of the blue?

Unfortunately, a knock forced Manquillo off in the 77th minute with The Magpies still within striking distance down just 2-1. It seemed at the time that Steve Bruce made an attacking change bringing on the more attack-minded Jacob Murphy.

However, after the match, Bruce confirmed that all three of the players taken off in the second half were struggling with knocks. So we await news on the availability of Ciaran Clark, Joe Willock, and Manquillo for Friday’s crucial match against Leeds at St. James’ Park.

Manquillo has given an interview with NUFC TV in which he was asked about playing this Friday. That could be a promising sign that the right-back will be available for the match.

Javier was asked about the importance of the Leeds match and if The Magpies have an advantage playing at home:

“Yes, absolutely. Every team of course has an advantage when they are playing in their own stadium. On this occasion, it’s ourselves who will be at home.

“We know we have a fantastic set of fans who are going to be getting right behind us and giving us the support that will give us that bit extra to try and get the win.

“The key thing is to be totally focused on the present and getting that first win – and then we’ll see what happens next after that.”

Manquillo is not looking past Friday’s match. He understands the significance of it as both Leeds and Newcastle are hoping to pick up their first wins of the campaign. As we so often see, three points can make a massive difference to your league position so early in the season.

That is what the focus is during this shortened week of preparation. The loss to Manchester United is now in the rearview mirror as Newcastle try to jumpstart this campaign with a win against Leeds.

Manquillo was asked about any positives Newcastle can take from Saturday’s defeat at Old Trafford. This was his response:

“Yes, whenever you lose a game, you’re always unhappy, and then all you want is the next game to come around as quickly as possible so you can pick up a win and the three points.

“But you always find that you actually learn the most from your defeats. And yes, I think there were lots of positives in that game for us.”

Manquillo has time and again come into the team after long spells on the sideline. He’s made two starts this season including the Carabao Cup defeat against Burnley, where he was also one of Newcastle’s better players.

Javier was asked about his preparations in training when he’s not always getting the run of games he desires. His response reveals a mentality in which he stays ready for when his name gets called:

“Every footballer works hard and trains hard and waits for their opportunity to play to come around. So you just have to always be ready as you never know when it’s going to be your turn to play.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to play against Manchester United and I was ready and prepared for that.”

Manquillo’s attitude shows why he’s always taking his chances when they come. However, he sometimes struggles with consistency when he gets a run of games. It does look like he could be in line for a second straight start on Friday.

It is his defensive acumen that likely got him the nod over Jacob Murphy against the high-scoring Red Devils. Leeds too are an attack-minded side so Manquillo could get the call once again.

The news is slightly less optimistic regarding Joe Willock. According to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, the midfielder is still nursing a knock but will be further assessed in the coming days. Hopefully, Willock will get the go-ahead for Friday’s ultra-critical match.

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69 comments so far

  • Banana

    Sep 15, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes good luck in the H2H WorB. bit more intimidating now with Carltoon as part of your Ultras fanbase..

  • Wor B

    Sep 15, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #2


    Haha, play nice, or I’ll set Mad Dog carltoon on you!

    Good luck.


  • Romford mag

    Sep 15, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Clasol United

    Good luck in the H2H this week πŸ™‚

    Not that you’ll really need any πŸ˜‰

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Chris Waugh

    ? Inside Bruce’s explosive press conference – & relations with media
    ? Are there positives from #MUFC defeat?
    ? How damaging is Callum Wilson’s injury to #NUFC?

    @GeorgeCaulkin & @TaylorandPayne

    Pod on the Tyne:


  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Listening to a podcast with a Leeds fan pundit talking about Leeds and a possible second season syndrome. He says modern managers spend so much time on analysis and have worked them out to an extent
    Well that’s us knackered against them again πŸ˜•

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Bruce has it planned to a tee. He’s going to shout ‘play football’ maybe ‘score some goals’

  • hibbit

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Bruce is in the 19th at Close House discussing tactics over lunch as we speak,
    all work and no play makes Stevie a very dull boy indeed,

  • hibbit

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #8

    hows the tickets going for the Leeds game anyone know ???

  • Unused Substitute

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #9

    AI being the rage (Amazon, for instance, knows what I’m looking for as soon as I pick up my mobile phone), can’t the fans pay a computer guy (Ed is perfect to coordinate this activity) to develop an inocuous looking hat loaded with brain wave generators that could be gifted to Bruce?

  • Wor B

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #10


    For those unable to access FPL site, H2H div2 standings after 4 weeks…

    1 banana………………..4 0 0 304 12
    2 β€œdavo”………………….4 0 0 290 12
    3 Assassin’s…………..3 0 1 273 9
    4 Solano slice………..3 0 1 268 9
    5 Nicky tbt………………2 1 1 210 7
    6 DaraghL………………2 0 2 291 6
    7 NY Mag(s)…………..2 0 2 245 6
    8 H K Magpie…………2 0 2 244 6
    9 Adamn_92…………..2 0 2 236 6
    10 Zhong Geo………..2 0 2 233 6
    11 B1G STEVE………2 0 2 231 6
    12 Chancel be a…….2 0 2 217 6
    13 Elder Wine Gi……2 0 2 209 6
    14 Vask Vask……….2 0 2 204 6
    15 John Reese………1 1 2 250 4
    16 Davas United…….1 0 3 251 3
    17 Phy……………………1 0 3 249 3
    18 Chico USA………..1 0 3 232 3
    19 Wor B team……….1 0 3 199 3
    20 Reily………………….0 0 4 175 0

    I’ll do div1 when I get time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve just rang them hibbit to ask them to tell him to get back to work, nobody answered.

  • Banana

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12


    Stop the count! Stop the count!

  • martoon

    Sep 15, 2021 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    There is some good news
    ‘Struijk loses red card appeal; Elliott: I think it’s wrong’


  • Wor B

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #14


    It’s a marathon, not a sprint, I’ve got Mrs Wor knitting me an extension for my short blanket as we speak.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    I was going to say:
    “This is Lee Churnley Newcastle United, can you tell Steve Bruce to get back to work, on seconds thoughts the players look like they know what they’re doing, tell him to stay there”

  • Davas28

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Really tricky this fpl. After starting with one of my best ever scores in GW1, have plummeted with 3 straight defeats.
    After falling to one of the elite, top, top teams this week (well done Banana), I’ll just have to get back up, dust myself down and try again.

  • Banana

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #17

    thnx Davas but i’ll be honest, im still not really sure what im doing – 1st season and all, so im fully prepared for a drop off soon when tactics etc come into it.

    If it wasnt for the youtube links someone posted pre-season i would be comfortably bottom i think..

  • Davas28

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Maybe I should watch those videos or take more notice of other teams. I only really watch us these days as I can’t muster any interest in the rest of the epl.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Holy FPL scores!

    More sorcery against me this season, science, grass and stuff I reckon.

    I bring Eric Dier in and he gets on the pitch and goes tits up, Antonio gets a red, the list goes on.

    Some sort of FPL induced paranoia going on πŸ˜†

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Really tricky indeed, trying to be different this week cost me big time.

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #21

    And what the hell is up with Pulisic?

  • TomaKaThor

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Who would of ever envisioned Wilson getting Injured *rollseyes* now just waiting on Saint Max and we go from having a tiny chance of picking up something from games to no chance

  • Davas28

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Yeah I swapped Wilson for Antonio like others and then a few of my other players didn’t even get a game. Going to be a few changes for me for the coming GW

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #24


    Most teams got hit with the antonio red so no-one really lost out there.

    This week my team looks ok on paper but who knows what will happen…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    *rollseyes* : roll : πŸ™„

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Apparently they knew about the injury but obviously wanted to risk him to take advantage of the easy start. That went well πŸ™„

  • Davas28

    Sep 15, 2021 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah, I noticed Banana had him too so it made no difference in th H2H.
    I’m just wondering which striker to jinx this week πŸ™‚

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28


    Well Bamford looks a good option for the next few weeks but is an injury doubt apparently so be cautious there..

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Was tempted to use Free Hit as was struggling to get a starting 11, but ditched Dier instead.

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #30


    Keep the FH fella, keep it for a double GW or blank GW later on, you’ll be glad you did.

  • scott

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #31


    If your still about good luck for this weeks H2H!

    Are you aware of the new rule you have to give me a head start? πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  • Adamn_92

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ve decided to take a risk this week and just go for the 1 striker. Hoping Jesus plays as Man City are at home to Southampton. Can see him getting a goal or two as well as an assist or two potentially. That’s if he starts…

  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #33


    Aye, good shout. Think I made that mistake last season!

  • Romford mag

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #34


    Does that apply to you aswell , when I play you πŸ˜€

  • scott

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    Rom (dark horse)

    You should give me at least an 8 head start! πŸ˜‰

    Iv just looked at my fixtures & iv got all the top 4 coming up with jail just played this week!

    It’s rigged I tell you! πŸ™‚

  • martoon

    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #36

    scott @31 – You won’t need a head start as I’m really struggling this year. Already played my wildcard in fit of pique and I’m still cr*p.
    I was lucky I played Romford last week as anybody else and I would have got beat (no offence Romford).

  • Optimistic prime

    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #37
  • Romford mag

    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #38


    None taken mate πŸ™‚

    It’s the truth πŸ˜‰

  • Romford mag

    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Scott (hustler) πŸ˜‰

    Mate you could give me a +8 and still win πŸ˜†

  • ChicoUSA

    Sep 15, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #40

    Wor B
    I was having a pleasant morning coffee and feeling good….until you went and posted the H2H Div 2 table @10. πŸ™

    Now I feel like a sad loser who has been exposed as a fraud! Yep, I feel like poor old Steve Bruce must be feeling! πŸ˜‰


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