Javier Manquillo is now officially a Newcastle United player.

As usual, no transfer fee made public, but the versatile defender is widely reported to have joined for somewhere around the £4m or £5m mark.

Many Sunderland fans have taken great delight in telling us this week just how rubbish Manquillo is, but we will shortly judge for ourselves.

Difficult to gauge any young player properly when playing for one of the worst teams the Premier League has ever seen, let alone one from abroad on loan.

Interviewed by the club after signing on, Javier Manquillo has been ticking a few boxes.

Revealing that (obviously) he lived in Newcastle and not Sunderland, when on loan at the Mackems last season.

Following that up with an acknowledgement that after trying out Sunderland, he is now playing for the biggest club in the north east.

Considering the three biggest clubs in the north east were/are all playing Championship football last season or the one coming up next, it isn’t exactly the greatest claim in the world.

With such a low transfer fee in this summer’s transfer market, the odds must be against Javier Manquillo succeeding in the Premier League but let’s hope he upsets those odds and proves the Mackems wrong.

Javier Manquillo talking to NUFC TV:

“From the first moment that Rafa Benitez called me, I just knew that I had to come here.

“I aim to do as well as I can and I’m very happy with the challenge ahead.

“The fact that some of the staff and players are Spanish speakers is helping me to settle and communicate better.

“I think Rafa Benitez is going to take this club to where it belongs to be.

“All I can say is that I have come here to work hard and give everything, on and off the pitch.

“The fact that I can play in different positions has helped me to play more, I just want to play whether it is left, right or whatever.

“The fact I already know the Premier League is going to help me adapt more quickly.

“I already know the city I was living near the city centre, so I’ll have no problems adapting quickly.

“I went from Real Madrid to Atletico – I was very young. I played for Sunderland but now I’ve got the opportunity to join this big club, the biggest in the north east.”

  • Jimblag23

    I love his very subtle way of trying to ingratiate himself to the fans.


    • Geordiegiants

      Very clever and a good way to get the fans on side and give him a chance.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    the lads keen so lets see how he plays

  • Leazes Ender

    Not by ‘bin-dipping’ he isn’t.

    • TC Toon Army

      Your negativity may not be welcome by others but it’s good to have a cynic. Give the lad a chance ya old goat.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Viva Leazes Ender, ha ha

        • Geordiegiants

          Ha ha ha ha ha ha lol!

      • Geordiegiants

        We need a leazes, that’s why he is on here.

  • Brian Standen

    Speaking to a real SAFC season ticket holder, he said that he flattered to deceive, looked top class initially but quickly went into a shell and looked no better than what they had, with a Pistone sized heart!
    That said it was under David Moyes, if anyone can improve someone then Rafa is that man and if he fancies him it’s good enough for me!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Viva La Rafalution

    • Geordiegiants

      Well let’s be honest, if Rafa had come in and said, “it looks like we are going to go down”, none of our team would of been up for it either. Moyes was a bad choice for that hero, Ellis Short!

  • Coach Clagnut

    Has he got pace, can he score goals, can he adapt to tactics and has he got good technique? All criteria Benitez applies when assessing a potential purchase. Noticeable from the cheesy’s when they breathed their halitosis opinions earlier this week was a general agreement that the boy has got pace and technique. So he can control a football, outpace the opposition and complete a pass. After some of the drek we’ve seen pass through recently, I’ll take pace and technique everyday of the week.

    Along with the other 2 recent additions, he’s also adaptable insofar as he can play left or right. Seems to me that Rafa is looking not just for value but also for players who can do more than 1 job.

    There does seem to be a question mark against his application during games with a reluctance to go for the full welly in a tackle. However, Rafa will have extensive information from people who’s opinion he respects about this lad.Duckeggs don’t normally get to represent Spain at any level.
    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see this kid used as an alternative to Ritchie, Atsu or Murphy dependent on circumstances on the day. I actually like the way this squad is shaping up.

    • Brian Standen

      I agree , when you see some of the stupid money spent. Slowly but surely things falling into place up here!

      • Leazes Ender

        Slowly…. yes Charnley does slowly very well…. when he can be bothered.. as for falling into place I agree it looks accidental and totally unplanned.

    • mentalman

      Manquillo has been brought in so we can effectively switch to 3-5-2 when needed

  • HenrySlade

    I couldn’t care less what he did or didn’t do for Sunderland. He’s a Spanish Under 21 international, can play left or right full-back, Rafa wanted him, he’s mad keen to do well for us and I reckon he’ll do well.

    Now we need to buy at least one top-class midfielder and a striker or two (that HAS to be a priority if Mitrovic and Murphy leave) and we’ll be fine.

    It’s going to be a tough season, but we’ve got reasons to be cheerful!

    • TheNutJob

      wasn`t that by the Blockheads. 😂😂😂😂

      • Leazes Ender

        Ryder and Standen.

        • Brian Standen

          Why do you think I have anything to do with Lee Ryder, I’m not the one HIDING behind a name, I don’t resort to insults don’t need to , but if you want to meet up pre or post Spurs game as you hinted at a week or so ago I will be in Peppers ( bottles are cheap) , not hard to recognise look top left , that’s me!

          • Desree

            Barney cha cha cha

      • Rich Lawson

        So was ”What a waste” !