Loads of Newcastle fans have been discussing the form of Javier Manquillo, as some supporters even admit they ‘can’t believe’ how good the Spaniard has become after his performance against Crystal Palace.
Right-back seemed to be a major issue for Steve Bruce as the new campaign begun, with three seemingly bang-average options and not one proving they deserved to be the nailed on starter.
That’s all changed now though, as after an injury DeAndre Yedlin, Manquillo has stepped up and grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
The 25 year-old was superb in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, winning nine out of his 15 duels, completing 89% of his passes and making a game-high six tackles, per Sofascore.
Manquillo has now clearly moved above both Yedlin and summer signing Emil Krafth in the pecking order, and Steve Bruce was quick to pay homage to his display after Saturday’s victory.
SB: "I thought Manquillo was our best player today against arguably one of the best wide players in Europe in Zaha. Yedlin has been fit and so has Kraft but how can I leave him out the team? He's performing fantastically." pic.twitter.com/TYR4qGrhdI
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 21, 2019
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are stunned by the former of the £4.5m-rated (Transfermarkt) ace’s form…
I can’t believe how good Manq has became actually
— Dell ❄️ 11-3 (@agbnufc) December 21, 2019
I gave manquillo so much stick over the years, but jesus wat a different player he is now, I think it’s Steve Bruce man management help him out, rafa was cold n didn’t engage with players enough. Well played manky lad..
— YoungY (@myoungy2805) December 21, 2019
Zaha is still crying in Manquillo’s back pocket
— Mark ⚫️⚪️ (@MarkMazzocchi) December 21, 2019
Zaha was in his pocket all game man pic.twitter.com/EjNc26Ipwe
— Alice (@Alicenufc9) December 21, 2019
Unsung hero Steve, well said. #nufc
— Dave Binks (@whyayeman1955) December 21, 2019
Can’t argue he’s been superb, sign him up
— Kev Wood #NUFC ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@Kevwoodh24) December 21, 2019
Made zaha look bang average! He’s been unbelievable this year! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— AlloyMag (@AlloyMagLad) December 21, 2019
Get him A new deal sorted it’s due to run out end of this season
— Connor Thomson ⚽️ (@thomson_connor) December 21, 2019
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