Scouting Report: Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo
Javier Manquillo Gaitán, born in Madrid in 1994 is the current Atlético de Madrid reserve right back.
He has been playing for all his life at his boyhood club, and worked his way into the first team through the reserve squad.
Although he has barely played under Simeone he has always looked bright, fresh and aware of his responsibilities. Whoever has any knowledge about La Liga and more specifically Atlético de Madrid will tell you that Manquillo is a gem that needs to be polished. He is touted to be a right-back for club and country in the near future. His success at international level is almost unrivalled. He’s played at all youth levels, winning the XXXVIII Atlantic Cup (Under 18′s), winning the Euro Cup (Under 19′s) and for U21 where he has been called but is remaining unused.
The news of him being loaned to Arsenal with a buy option surprised me even more than the signing of the new Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez. Why? Because Manquillo signed a contract extension on January 3rd last year to keep him at the club until 2018.
He’s seen in Spain as a bright talent, one of the new talents that Atlético are bringing through the ranks. Koke, Oliver Torres and now Manquillo are all examples of their successful youth system. If we do sign him definitely it would be a steal in my opinion.
If we focus on his game, as I said earlier he has barely played for first team, he made his dream debut in the 2011-2012 season in a Copa del Rey match for the first team, then he returned to the reserves team and finally in the 2012-13 campaign the Spaniard played for both Atlético de Madrid B (reserves) and the first team, playing a total of 9 matches, 3 La Liga matches, 4 Copa del Rey matches (Competition that was won by Atlético de Madrid) and 2 Europa League matches. Simeone asked him to focus on breaking into the first team and in the last season he played a total of 7 games, including 1 Champions League game against Porto. The main negative came when he faced Real Madrid and suffered one of the most painful injuries to watch and he hasn’t been able to play as much as Simeone planned for him since.
Video of Manquillo’s injury:
Manquillo is a young, quick, right-back with pace to burn. His best quality is that he is able to anticipate his opponents movement. A keen tackler and good reader of the game, Manquillo is secure in defence but also likes to go forward by running into space on the right hand side. He has much to improve on however, particularly his crossing which is somewhat wayward and inconsistent.
Our interest in him is not new; last January we were reportedly in for him too as this talkSPORT article suggests. The player is definitely worth following, and if we do secure him services that could mean the departure of Arsenal’s other right-back Carl Jenkinson.
Manquillo looks like a great future offensive right back but more importantly he’s a player who makes you feel calm when the defence is under pressure – one of the aspects of Jenkinson’s game which many Arsenal fans have reproached him for.
Jenkinson will almost certainly go on loan to another Premier League, especially with Mathieu Debuchy’s imminent arrival. Alternatively he could be used as a fourth choice centre back.
Manquillo has proven himself when needed when star man Juanfran wasn’t able to play for Atlético de Madrid, and if he’s given the opportunity in the cup competitions I’m adamant he will impress the watching Arsenal supporters.
Finally if you want to follow the player you can find his official account @JavierManquillo although he tweets solely in Spanish… until now?
Article by @ElSpanishGooner.