Sunderland Seal Manquillo Deal as Squad Begins to Take Shape

The arrival of Javi Manquillo could not have come at a better time with deadline day looming and Sunderland still desperate for players.

by GMac88 Tuesday, 30 August 2016 08:11 PM Comments
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The arrival of Javi Manquillo could not have come at a better time with deadline day looming and Sunderland still desperate for players.
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After Donald Love's two torrid appearances against Middlesbrough and Shrewsbury it has become clear that right back was a major issue for Sunderland. Manquillo comes with quite the pedigree after a successful season in Ligue 1 with Marseille. The loan deal reportedly comes with a hefty €16 million buy out clause should Manquillo make 25 appearances.

If reports are to be believed, he was not short on suitors this summer with even the likes of Juventus linked with a move earlier in the year only for Atletico Madrid's asking price proving a stumbling block.

The former Liverpool man is not the usual marauding wing back we now associated with the Merseyside club - which could be why he struggled to get gametime under Brendan Rodgers who would encourage his wing backs to attack at every opportunity. That is not to say he won't get forward, which he absolutely will, however the Spaniard gained much of his plaudits in France for the defensive side of his game. If he can replicate that in the Premier League, it would be a welcome contrast to Patrick van Aanholt's more gung-ho approach to life as a fullback.

If David Moyes can go ahead and persuade Lamine Kone to continue at Sunderland and maintain last season's form, suddenly our back line could go from a joke to impressive in the blink of an eye.

This should not conclude Sunderland's transfer dealings with shortages still heavily evident down the spine of the side.
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