Manquillo, 25, has made four Premier League appearances this season and has not featured in any of Steve Bruce’s last five matchday squads in the league with Emil Krafth and DeAndre Yedlin seemingly above the Spaniard in the pecking order at right-back.
In a Q&A session via The Athletic’s website on Wednesday, Waugh claimed that Manquillo could be one of three first-team players to be offloaded by the Magpies in the New Year.
“Given their lack of football, Yoshinori Muto, Ki Sung-yueng and Javier Manquillo would be among the most likely contenders to be sold but, as of yet, Newcastle have not finalised their January plans,” the journalist said.
Manquillo actually did quite well for Newcastle at the start of the season. With Yedlin injured and Krafth only just arriving on Tyneside, the former Liverpool right-back put in a couple of decent shifts. However Bruce ended up handing Krafth more opportunities – which is understandable as he had just signed him in the summer – and eventually, Yedlin returned from injury. Yedlin has proven himself to be by far and away Newcastle’s best option at right-back and his man of the match display against Bournemouth on Saturday proved that. Manquillo’s contract expires at the end of the season and as Yedlin is in form and Krafth was signed by Bruce, the Spaniard sure seems to be someone who will be let go at some point in 2020. If someone wants to buy him off Newcastle in January that is great as it helps the club cut their losses. However it seems more likely that his contract will just be allowed to run out.