Javier Manquillo: una cálida bienvenida de Salut! Sunderland

Monsieur Salut writes: I loved this tweet, drawn to my attention by Joe Hughes, a Barnsley-based SAFC fan and a new member of our Facebook group

Now we need to extend the customary Salut! Sunderland welcome to Javier Manqillo – and the hope that Google Translate was up to the task …

David Moyes’ assistant and Moyes on the Boyes supersub Paul Bracewell revealed last night, Wednesday, that the Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquillo was having a medical prior to completing a move to Sunderland. He clearly passed with flying colours and is now one of ours on a season0-long loan with a buying option.

This, with just a little editing, is how safc.com put it:

‘The 22-year-old Spaniard becomes David Moyes’ sixth signing after joining from the Spanish giants. Manquillo is no stranger to the Premier League having spent the 2014-15 season on loan with Liverpool.

The right-footed player has represented his country at youth level up to under-21 and has both UEFA Champions League and Europa League experience with Atletico. He spent last season on loan with Marseille, gaining further European experience.

The agreement is a season-long loan initially, which includes an option for Sunderland to make the move a permanent four-year deal after the completion of the loan.’

Welcome, young man. Your arrival has made most of us forget that we quite wanted DeAndre Yedlin to return.

16 thoughts on “Javier Manquillo: una cálida bienvenida de Salut! Sunderland”

  1. This is sad news.

    I’m going to miss the fella, I knew he would chuckle at successfully winding me up.

    My sympathy to his family.

    We are all mayflies.

    Cheers mate.

  2. Very sorry to hear this news, and thank you for letting us know.

    I shall miss Smoggie’s pithy comments, which I always enjoyed. He could give it and [ more importantly ] take it.

    He was of my own era [ I’m 78 ] and his contribution’s often reflected the effects of a lifetime of [ mostly ] unrealised hopes and dreams. I’m so pleased that he lived to see his team back where they belong.

    Best wishes to your family.

  3. Sad, sad news. You form impressions of people by what they write and say, and I always thought of him as being a 40 something person, no idea he was 76. I used to call him Smogboy, Smogster etc, I refused to call him by his preferred name, just silly banter. So RIP SMOGGIE.

  4. Smoggie’s daughter here, if I might just break into your discussion. I wanted to let people here know that Dad passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night. It wasn’t entirely unexpected and very peaceful. He had heart problems for a lot of years and honestly never expected to live this long, he was 76. Going to the Sunderland match at the weekend left him exhausted by the time we got him home, he lived with us, but he insisted on going and had a great time. I know not everybody on this website liked him but he loved coming here and often said he wished Middlesbrough had something similar. He could be very aggravating, it’s true, and he liked nothing better than to wind people up but there was no harm in him and he always said he spoke nothing but the truth about football and Sunderland and Middlesbrough. He was completely made up when he was asked to write something here about the team before their next game with Sunderland. I was going to put it into grammatical English for him, he was no scholar. It’s a shame it won’t happen but at least he had the pleasure of being asked. In accordance with his wishes, there’s no funeral just a very simple cremation. I’m closing his email account now but I wanted first to give you the news. It’s very sad for his little family but we had him for longer than we expected and that was a happy thing. And I know what he’d want to say to you lot now, it’s something I taught him on the computer – lol

    • I’m sorry to hear of your loss, as will be M Salut, Pete, Malcolm, other contributors and many visitors.

      Small consolation I know, but your dad lived long enough to see ‘Boro back in the top division, and he made his last game the one in which his club, on its return, deservedly beat its arch rivals on their own turf.

      I know you will miss your dad, and I know there is little we can do to ease your pain, but it may help to know that for a short while – from October 2013, I believe – he was a member of our community and had his own niche here.

      May he rest in peace.

      John McCormick

    • Sad news. Thanks for letting us know. You are right about him winding people up on here but that’s all part and parcel of living in the North East and he did always say it was just banter. He would have been chuffed to see the Boro back in the top flight and appropriate he witnessed the win last Sunday. Condolences and RIP Smoggie.

    • To Smoggie’s daughter; first and foremost, sincere condolences on your loss. Like Eric, I put him mid-40s from the tone and spark of his postings and i think that is, in itself, a minor tribute to your dad.

      I sent his message to the email address you posted from, but got a bounceback suggesting the account may have been deleted. Please get in touch – salutsunderland@gmail.com works – if you’d like me to pursue it …

      To the daughter of Jack Wrightson,

      I join my pals at Salut! Sunderland in offering deepest condolences on your loss. Jack had a quick wit and, as I mentioned to him, his contributions were always welcome even if they gently wound people up.

      I now regret not coming to him for the ‘Who are you?’ interview for the first game of this season, instead delaying his intended contribution until the return fixture.

      I would like to publish something by way of noting and regretting his passing. Can you supply more detail of him – his life, work, interests, family etc – and if possible a photograph or two you’d be happy to see published.

      As they say at these times here in France, bon courage/

  5. This is a tough one. I think you’re right about Pickford being ready and I’m happy to see him get his chance. But there’s still a “what if” there, as in… what if he doesn’t live up to expectations? If Hart does come to the SoL, I wouldn’t be unhappy to see him as Moyes’ first choice and I don’t think it would be an unreasonable expectation on his part. As for the big wages, he’ll no doubt be like every other Premiership pro and demand as much as the market the market will bear. At least Citeh would be picking up most of the tab.

  6. But now what we need more than anything is a goalkeeper. Mannone out for three months or more could be our worst disaster of the season. I hope Jordan Pickford has more than a little Derek Forster in his genes.

    • I agree we could do with a decent back up on a sensible wage but Pickford should be given his chance. I think he’s ready. From what I’ve seen of Stryjek I’d be more than happy to have him on the bench but I don’t think he’s ready to be a regular starter yet.

      We need short term cover until Don Vito is fit again in case JP suffers injury or illness.

      What we don’t need is someone like Hart who will expect to be first choice and demand big wages even if Man City will meet most of the cost.

      • Pickford looks up to it, this could be the making of him. Surely the Hart rumours are fanciful, his wages would be way beyond us and it would be sad for Jordan if we brought in a big name keeper and it sabotaged his big chance.

  7. Seems like a good signing and possible better than Yedlin. Without Kirchoff M’vila and Kaboul we seem weaker than last year. We need the new players to get up and running and buy M’vila now. We had great form last year bringing great results but this momentum has been lost. It appears we have dithered and are happy with a relegation battle but why?

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