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Will Rafa promote this Newcastle United youngster?

After Manquillo’s disappointing performance, fans call for Jamie Sterry to get the nod.

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Newcastle United has a good bit what can be called quality youngsters. However, since Rafa Benitez has taken over, not a single player from the academy has been called up to a starting role. Adam Armstrong, who was seen as one of the brightest has been sold, and a large number of academy players had actually been let go of.

So where does Jamie Sterry come in? Well, when you sign a player who used to play for Sunderland, you’re bound to get crap. Javier Manquillo just isn’t that good. He has his moments of quality plays (and I mean bare bones, less than stellar quality) but the majority of his game is lackluster.

Fans have taken to the social medias to express frustration with the current status quo at Newcastle United, and have called for Jamie Sterry to be given a chance in the first team. Sterry was initially considered a possibility to fulfill the gap left by DeAndre Yedlin’s absence, however the spot was given to Manquillo who did not do justice to the position.

Jamie Sterry himself spoke about the situation and believed that he deserved to start, saying:

“I feel like I’m good enough and last weekend I felt like I could have had a chance, so it was a bit disappointing. But you’ve got to keep your mental strength really high and try to be positive about it.”

Rafa Benitez is known for his stubbornness when it comes to players and giving them chances. Hopefully he sees what Jamie Sterry can bring to the table, but I can see why Benitez is being careful. He’s worried about a relegation battle, and may not see any room for error.

Ironically, Manquillo is causing those errors.