Javi Manquillo now has a chance at Newcastle to prove Eddie Howe wrong - opinion
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Javi Manquillo now has a chance at Newcastle to prove Eddie Howe wrong - opinion

Newcastle United ended the summer transfer window without signing a right-back, meaning Javi Manquillo will be the club’s backup for Kieran Trippier.

This comes after an injury to Emil Krafth. The Swede was stretchered off during the Carabao Cup win over Tranmere, and could now miss the rest of the season.

It led to speculation that Newcastle could sign another right-back Thursday’s 11pm deadline. There was talk over a move for West Ham youngster Harrison Ashby, but he ended up staying at the London Stadium.

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Howe will have been disappointed to miss out on Ashby, and will now have to lean on Manquillo if Trippier ever gets injured. However, the Toon boss hasn’t put much faith in the Spanish defender.

Javi Manquillo has fallen down the pecking order

While Newcastle have had a sensational 2022 so far, it’s been a year to forget for Manquillo. He lost his place in the starting XI, and then fell behind Krafth in the Toon pecking order.

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Pre-season was a disaster too, with Manquillo not playing a single minute due to injury. He’s back fit now, and has recently been on the bench.

However, Newcastle’s interest in another right-back hardly suggests Howe is comfortable with just having Manquillo as Trippier’s deputy during Krafth’s injury absence.

But with the transfer window closed and no deal for Ashby forthcoming, Manquillo may now have a chance to prove Howe wrong and show that he deserves another chance at St James’ Park.

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Had Ashby arrived, there’s a chance Manquillo could have become the forgotten man. But now Howe will need to rely on him if Trippier cannot play.

Krafth stepped up earlier this year, and now Manquillo must do the same. The 28-year-old is a talented player and has improved a lot since his move to Tyneside in 2019.

But Trippier’s arrival and Krafth’s renaissance has hindered the former Liverpool man, and now he needs to prove that he still has a role to play in black and white.