Newcastle United manager Rafael Benítez has explained why he chose to purchase right-back Javier Manquillo
Speaking following his side's 1-1 pre-season friendly draw against Preston North End, via the Shields Gazette, Benítez addressed the reasons behind the signing that had furrowed and raised so many brows across the North-East City on Friday:
Benítez evidently sees Manquillo as being a useful acquisition for his side, who offers the team much-needed flexibility should an injury crisis occur.
Previous first-choice right-back Vurnon Anita joined Leeds United earlier in the month, meaning that DeAndre Yedlin is now the club's first-choice right-back heading into the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.
Manquillo will have to up his game following his performances for Sunderland last season - being part of a defensive unit who enraged the Black Cats' fans with a series of abject performances.
The former Liverpool loanee has expressed his happiness at playing under Benítez