Following the signature of Javier Manquillo, we’ve reached out to Ligue 1 journalist Mohammed Ali who has given us an insight into what Newcastle can expect from the Spanish full back – who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Marseille during the 2015/16 season.
Mohammed, an avid Marseille fan who writes for Goal and French Football Weekly, kindly agreed to take part in a Q & A with NUFC Blog and had the following to say when we asked him about Newcastle’s latest signing:
Question 1 – Manquillo spent the season on loan at Marseille in 2015/16. What sort of impression did he make during his time with yourselves?
“He’s a very reliable player. Defensively aware and combined well with the forward players on the right side – but what stood out was his work rate and versatility.
“At Marseille, we had a bit of an injury crisis at LB at the time, but Manquillo really impressed deputising on the other flank.”
Question 2 – What would you say are his strengths & weaknesses as a player?
“Strengths – good work rate, strong in the tackle, very versatile & has some positive attacking instincts.”
Weaknesses: not the strongest of defenders physically & may get caught out of position by clever attacking play.”