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Sunderland have officially completed the signing of full-back Javier Manquillo on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.
Manquillo becomes the third youngster to arrive at the Stadium of Light following the acquisition of Donald Love and Paddy McNair [both from Manchester United], perhaps a show that the youth- much like in his teams at Everton and United- will form an elemental part of David Moyes’ selection process.
The 22-year old defender joins the Black Cats on loan for an undisclosed fee, with the option of penning a permanent four-year deal at the end of the season.
Born Javier Manquillo Gaitan on 5 May 1994 in Madrid, he began his career at the illustrious Real Madrid Youth Academy where he spent three years before switching to sworn city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Manquillo spent subsequent years drifting between the second string team and the senior team at the Vincente Calderon Ground, before joining Liverpool on loan during the 2014/15 season.
He made 19 first team appearances for the Reds under the patronage of Brendan Rodgers, but his most impressive displays were recorded last season when he made a whooping 43 first team appearances for Ligue 1 side Marseille, scoring three goals with the French giants.
Could this be the breakthrough season for the youngster?
The essence of loan spells is to gain experience and the much needed game-time worthy of a place in the starting berth.
Manquillo may have been considered as surplus due to the plethora of talent for the position at Diego Simeone’s side, but he has a chance to cement his place in England.
He had a solid display on his debut during Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, and could blossom with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Paddy McNair to draw encouragement from.
Should he adapt to the rigors of the Premier League, Manquillo could prove to be a viable long term defender for the Black Cats.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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