Date: 29th June 2019 at 7:15am
Written by:

OPINION

Before his recent departure, Rafael introduced a five at the back system at , in a decision that saw them rise up the table.

Instead of out-and-out wingers, opted for attacking full-backs – with and Javier Manquillo securing their spots in the Spaniard’s plans.

could have counted himself unlucky towards the end of the , as an injury led to him missing out of Benitez’ plans.

CBS Sports writer Roger Gonzalez revealed on his personal Twitter account on Friday that the American international could leave the North East this summer, with clubs from , France, and Germany all interested.

Yedlin’s potential exit could be soothed by Manquillo, who filled in when the in-demand 25-year-old picked up his injury to great effect – as Newcastle nearly edged into the top-half of the table.

Looking at the defensive duo’s stats via WhoScored, the Spaniard competes with Yedlin in every department and there isn’t much difference between the pair.

Manquillo actually averaged a better match rating in the Premier League last season and bettered Yedlin in terms of clearances, while also being dribbled past fewer times in defence.

An important part of the wing-back role is the ability to launch attacks as well as defending. The £35,000-per week ace [Spotrac] isn’t as confident going forward, but with a new manager in charge next season, a change of system could favour the Spaniard and see step up in style.

There is no disputing the fact that losing Yedlin would effect Newcastle should they stick in a five-at-the-back, but a change of system would see Manquillo fit in perfectly and soothe the potential exit of the American.