Spanish defender Javier Manquillo admitted that he has been patiently preparing for his opportunity to shine in Newcastle United's starting lineup, The Chronicle revealed.
Manager Steve Bruce has been using DeAndre Yedlin as his first-choice right-back, however, he has been missing from action through injury and Bruce had to make use of Manquillo against Manchester City in November and the Spaniard took it in his stride.
The 25-year-old made his 50th appearance and he spoke about the importance of that game and making his way back into the squad.
"I didn't know that [50th appearance]," he said.
"I'd not been in the squad, so it could have been difficult but it all went really, really well.
"It had been six games since I had been in the squad, so I'm glad it worked out well but obviously, it's always difficult coming in from having not played.
"[Playing Man City] I was very happy because we were fortunate enough to get a draw out of the game, which was good.
"But as I say, it's tough because you're not quite part of that kind of ongoing team at that particular moment.
"So to come in, it's kind of like coming in from the cold, and suddenly you're going into a massively difficult match against the champions.
"But even if you're not part of the first team at that particular moment, I think every player has that kind of mindset that they're prepared to play at any moment the manager calls us."
However many would say that Manquillo is not a player that stands out in the squad, however, he is that one player who knows how to hit the ground running and put in the work that is needed for the team which is a rather important role.
"The main thing is that I'm helping the team - whether I'm the first name on people's lips, or the second or the third, it doesn't matter," he said.
"I still talk about the game with my family but I've played so often in my career and at different places that I'm big enough to analyse games myself.
"I think any player knows in his own head how he's done in a game, and can just do that analysis yourself.
"I don't think there is anybody better qualified than the player himself to decide what your form's like and how you've played, good or bad."
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