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.”