Loads of Newcastle fans are calling for Jamie Sterry to get a run in the first team after Javier Manquillo had a nightmare first game of the season against Cardiff.
While the injury to Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin is nowhere near as bad as first feared, it did remind fans of just how thin the squad is, particularly in defence.
Rafael Benitez was forced to deploy Manquillo at right back in the 0-0 draw at Cardiff, and the Spaniard had a pretty poor afternoon.
22 year-old Jamie Sterry has been impressing in the youth sides, and the local lad spoke this week about his desire to play for the first team.
“I feel like I’m good enough and last weekend I felt like I could have had a chance, so it was a bit disappointing. But you’ve got to keep your mental strength really high and try to be positive about it,” the youngster said after an impressive performance in the U-23s 5-0 win over Sunderland.
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“All I can do is give 100 per cent, and I asked to play in the game because I want to play football and show everyone what I can do.”
The Magpies welcome Chelsea to St. James’ this weekend in the next instalment in their brutal run of fixtures and fans all agree that Sterry should be ahead of Manquillo in the pecking order.
The Magpies have conceded just two goals so far, and the defence was one of the big reasons they were able to surge up the table last season.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Jamie is miles ahead of manquillo
— andy ferguson (@fergiemourinho) August 21, 2018
Should be getting a gig after manquillo’s pefromance at the weekend 💩
— Jean Maniah (@Jeanmaniah) August 21, 2018
I would have given him a go ahead of Manquillo, who we all know isn’t good enough for the premier league. You have to be careful as a youngster, not to be too loud about not playing though.
— grumpy_old_sod (@AndyHarle1968) August 21, 2018
Rafa can’t manage young British players full stop! He has Armstrong but sold him for peanuts yet keeps Joselu! He will sell Sterry and keep Manquillo! No wonder Ashley won’t give him more money
— Paul allan (@Paulall10592775) August 21, 2018
Sterry over manquillo any day for me #Nufc
— Rich Miller ⚫️Nufc⚪️ (@Rich1982Miller) August 18, 2018
Sterry would have been better than Manquillo and Hayden put together he had a cracking game the neet like 👍🏻⚽️
— Steve Johnston (@Sjohnston7Steve) August 20, 2018