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Newcastle: Manquillo struggled vs Norwich

Newcastle United’s winless start to the Premier League season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich on Tuesday night.

The Magpies had a golden opportunity to pick up their first win of the campaign as they took the lead through a penalty from Callum Wilson, having already gone down to 10-men following Ciaran Clark’s sending off.

However, they were unable to hold out as Finland international Teemu Pukki smashed in a sensational volley to level the scores late on.

Run ragged

Eddie Howe’s side dug in well to avoid defeat against Dean Smith’s side, but there were a couple of worrying performances from players in black and white. One player who was run ragged was right-back Javier Manquillo, as he struggled throughout the game.

Was Manquillo disappointing?





The £40k-per-week dud was disappointing on and off the ball for Newcastle and will surely have Howe considering his selection ahead of the clash with Burnley. Per SofaScore, he only won 25% of his duels, losing three of his four in total, and he failed to win a single tackle all game. This suggests that the lightweight was run ragged and struggled to match up to the physical battle imposed on him by Norwich.

On the ball, he was poor. Via SofaScore, he gave the ball away 20 times from 49 touches and completed just 60% of his passes. He also failed with all of his attempted dribbles and long balls, showing that he was unable to be effective in possession for the Magpies.

Of course, it is worth pointing out that Ryan Fraser was the player who had to drop out of the game after Clark’s sending off in order for Federico Fernandez to come on. This meant that Manquillo did not have the protection of another player sitting in front of him, allowing Brandon Williams and Christos Tzolis to double up on him in the first half.

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The introduction of Dimitrios Giannoulis for the Canaries in the second half caused further issues for the Spaniard, with the Greek defender impressing at left-back. Manquillo was dragged too central and out of position as the ex-PAOK man was able to volley a fine cross into the path of Pukki – who equalised with a stunning volley.

It will be interesting to see whether he retains his place against Burnley or if Emil Krafth or Jacob Murphy are given a chance to show that they can perform to a higher standard. On this evidence, they probably deserve an opportunity to dislodge him.

AND in other news, Fewer touches than Dubravka: NUFC flop who lost 62.5% duels let Howe down badly…

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