Lots of Newcastle fans have been discussing a selection dilemma facing Steve Bruce, and it seems the Toon Army favour Javier Manquillo over DeAndre Yedlin.
Reports in France claim the Magpies are close to snapping up Sweden international right-back Emil Krafth as their fourth summer signing, but until that happens Yedlin and Manquillo are the only options in the position.
Yedlin offers excellent pace and athleticism, and perhaps boasts the higher ceiling as well, but Manquillo is a sturdier presence in the back line.
Last term, the American started 28 Premier League games, scoring once and assisting twice, while averaging 1.9 tackles, 1 interception and 2.4 clearances per game.
Manquillo meanwhile only started 12 league fixtures, with six substitute appearances skewing his stats in the wrong direction, but he did rack up three assists nonetheless, averaging 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 2.7 clearances each game.
And while Yedlin is certainly the ‘sexier’ pick, fans are leaning towards Manquillo, favouring the Spaniard’s defensive solidity over Yedlin, who can be reckless at times.
Take a look at some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Agreed, i also think he gets alot of undeserved hate from our fans sometimes.
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) August 4, 2019
Manquillo gets a lot of undeserved stick
— Matt (Insert Steve Bruce picture here) (@TheMatthew2660) August 4, 2019
course he is, manquillo defends, yedlin is a headless chicken
— Sam Chipperfield (@SamChipperfield) August 4, 2019
Manquillo is better at defending and crossing
— max (@SimplyAlmiron) August 4, 2019
I agree. Yedlin is another headless chicken. I prefer manquillo for his defending. Both can be improved on.
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) August 4, 2019
Love Yedlin personally, but Manquillo is more consistent and a better defender should be staring this year.
— ~ (@MagicMiguel_) August 4, 2019
Completely agree. Been saying this for some time now. Yedlin has gone backwards over the past 2 seasons.
— Vaheed Akhtar (@VaheedAkhtar) August 4, 2019
Would agree with that overall, Yedlin not terrible at going forward but absolutely dreadful (Janmaat level for me) defender, manquillo not great at either but can atleast defend to a basic degree
— David J G (@DavidJG00615083) August 4, 2019