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Newcastle: Manquillo let Bruce down

Newcastle’s winless start to the 2021/22 Premier League campaign continued as they lost 2-1 to Bruno Lage’s Wolves on Saturday.

Two goals from Hee-Chan Hwang secured the three points for the away team, either side of an equaliser from Jeff Hendrick. The Irish midfielder made the most of Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa on the floor in pain after a collision in the box, powering an effort in off the post.

Whilst a number of players failed to show off their best qualities, one player – in particular – let Steve Bruce down badly with his performance; Javier Manquillo.

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The Spanish full-back endured a rough afternoon as he struggled defensively throughout the match before being substituted in the 70th minute.

To his credit, he did register an assist for Hendrick’s goal. He played the ball short to the midfielder, allowing him to rocket his shot in from distance for the equaliser. However, that was a rare spark in a dim display from the former Liverpool man.

In terms of his defending, the full-back put on a disaster class at right-back. Per SofaScore, he lost 85.8% of his duels as he managed to win just one of his seven 50/50 battles against Wolves players. He also failed to make a single tackle in the entire match, whilst also being dribbled past twice.

This suggests that he was too lightweight to compete against the physicality Wolves offered. He could not deal with their strength in one on one duels, whilst they were also too quick for him to contend with on the floor – as shown by him making zero tackles in his 70 minutes on the pitch.

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For the second goal, Manquillo did not sense the danger to come across and help Federico Fernandez on the cover as Hwang raced through to score. The striker was allowed time and space to move into the position Manquillo should have been taking up, which left Fernandez scrambling to try and stop the shot – unsuccessfully.

Therefore, Manquillo let Bruce down badly on Saturday. His performance was riddled with defensive errors and the Magpies boss could now be considering his position on the team, with two weeks of an international break upcoming for him to ponder a potential change to the XI.

The Spaniard will need to produce a much-improved display in his next appearance if he is given a second chance to retain his spot in the team. Bruce will surely not allow any of his players to consistently underperform in the Premier League without dropping them from the side.

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