Newcastle United have had a terrific recent period in the Premier League, drawing with current champions Manchester City and then going on a two-match winning streak – with defender Javier Manquillo going about his business quietly and competently since returning to the first-team fold.
The Spaniard put on an impressive display in their 2-2 draw at home to City, whilst also having competent run outs in their following two wins – with Newcastle fans praising the defender for his vigour and hard work to get back into the side.
Manquillo was previously struggling for consistent game time, partially due to the form of fellow full-back DeAndre Yedlin and the signing of Emil Krafth at the back for Steve Bruce’s side – but given his performances of late, it’s going to be hard to unseat him as the Magpies’ first choice heading into a crucial second half of December.
Here’s how the fans praised Manquillo on Twitter given the lack of publicity surrounding his decent showings.
The absolute professional
— Kev Wood #NUFC ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@Kevwoodh24) December 11, 2019
I have said this for a long time. I really rate him
— Pauly (@maxii30) December 11, 2019
He rarely has a bad game, so underrated. He’s had a bit of a nomadic career so far but you don’t get signed by Liverpool, Marseille and Atletico Madrid if you don’t have ability.
— Jamie Elliott (@wantabiggerboat) December 12, 2019
Best defensive right back we have.
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) December 11, 2019
He’s been so solid since coming back into the team. Nice to see him final,y get a run in the side, in his preferred right back role, opposed to at left back where he was never going to totally convince.
Hopefully he continues to push on! #NUFC
— Madrid Magpie (@MadridMagpie) December 11, 2019
Very good. Credit where it is due 👍👏⚽️
— Stevie_Tab_Lambert⚽️🥊🏉 (@Stephen23024053) December 11, 2019
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