Newcastle United are just inches from confirming their Premier League status for next season after a superb 1-0 win away at Leicester City on Friday night – but Toon fans have battered defender Javi Manquillo.
Rafa Benitez’s side tactically outclassed Leicester City throughout. A defensive rearguard, combined with ball-playing central midfielders and the combination of Ayoze Perez, Salomon Rondon and Miguel Almiron was enough.
Rondon came within inches of putting Newcastle ahead with a wonderful effort from a 25-yard free-kick, but the ball crashed against Kasper Schmeichel’s bar. Newcastle did not have to wait much longer for the opener, though.
Matt Ritchie’s excellent cross from the left flank was expertly headed home by Perez into the far corner, beyond the reach of Schmeichel. Jamie Vardy had an excellent chance in the second half, but Newcastle held on.
Manquillo, though, was far below his teammates in terms of performance. The 24-year-old was picked ahead of DeAndre Yedlin, but any Leicester chances came from the left flank.
Newcastle fans took to Twitter to criticise the £4.5million signing (Sun). Many blasted the former Sunderland and Liverpool player for his display, while some believe he was lacking in fitness.
— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) April 12, 2019
Manquillo so unfit/ exhausted he can’t track back or stay tight to his man. Risky that he’s still on
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) April 12, 2019
I don’t wanna see Yedlin in the team over Manquillo again
— Mistah Samuel (@FeelingSuperbv1) April 12, 2019
How did Manquillo become a footballer? Surely an accident?
— Katie Mishner (@katielmishner) April 12, 2019
Any subs for Manquillo – he's absolutely blowing!! #NUFC
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) April 12, 2019
Manquillo is useless
— Jordan'Maxwell🐬 (@Jordan_Maxwell9) April 12, 2019