Former Sunderland defender Javier Manquillo will reportedly be Newcastle’s fourth summer signing. But is the deal right for Newcastle? Mixed responses to the defender’s performances have led to doubts.
So is the signing right for United?…
The Spaniard didn’t have the best of seasons for Sunderland last season. With not many riveting recommendations from Sunderland fans.
This continues when comparing the Spaniard with Deandre Yedlin arguably first choice at United. Yedlin makes on average 0.2 more tackles in a game than Manquillo.
However, there’s a bright spot with the ex-Sunderland man making double the interceptions per game. A huge increase to the ex-Liverpool man with 1.2 per game.
Furthermore, when comparing with Achraf Lazaar, who Manquillo will replace. He is a huge improvement.
The Spaniard has a lot of Premier League experience, compared to Lazaar, who hardly played in the Championship.
He also has better statistics in every single way. There is no way you can get around it, he could be a great squad player.
However, he is highly underwhelming for the first team. The ex-Sunderland man was relegated last season.
However, this could be easily applied to many players in our squad. It’s easy to forget Perez, Shelvey and Mitrovic were all relegated with United.
This can’t be an excuse not to sign the defender. I hope that he comes good and he has a good chance of making it as Benitez has made many defender’s careers.
Benitez made Alvaro Arbeloa into a top class defender after being rejected by Real Madrid. Arbeloa vastly improved winning a move back to Madrid.
Whilst Manquillo might not be of that standard. There is no reason why he can’t make an improvement at Newcastle.
However, even if this goes wrong this is a low-risk deal in the current market. At under £10 million, this is a bargain of a deal.
For a former Liverpool player, this could be an excellent signing. Hopefully, it will a great coup for United.