New signing Mikel Merino is only 21-years-old but the lad comes over as a very mature young man, and he speaks English extremely well too.
He doesn’t speak with a Geordie accent, but that will come, so he will soon be perfect.
Mikel has looked a very good player even though we haven’t seen that much of him.
But he seems like a lad who is just determined to make the very best of the ample football skills he’s been blessed with.
The impressive 21 year-old Mikel Merino
This is some of what the youngster has said today as reported in the Northern Echo:
“I don’t know yet what it will be like playing at St James’, but I have heard the fans here are really good, and I am used to that.”
“I have the good experience of being with Dortmund and Osasuna. 80,000 fans inside the stadium at Dortmund, there are always that many there no matter what game.”
I hope this crowd is also at this level. It is really good to have them with the team.”
“It was fantastic to play there, playing in front of that yellow wall. It is really impressive because everyone has yellow with them, everyone is singing.”
“And you go there as a player at the end to clap them, and they start to sing and jump.”
“It’s really impressive on TV and impressive in the stadium, but it’s even more incredible when you are down on the pitch, and you see it.”
“Your neck is almost broken when you see it, with the hairs standing up too.”
“When I am in the season, I am only focused on the season where I am, but last season was hard for me.”
“I was only looking in training, to improve my conditions and when the season finished I was told about the possibility to come to Newcastle with Rafa.”
“It’s a really good club. I was told I would have opportunities to play and to develop my skills. This is the right place for me to be. I am happy to finally be here.”
“I know it is really physical here, players are strong and fit. I am prepared for it. I can fight with the guys who are really strong.”
“I have to put my technical and tactical skills. You have to use all of your armory to win games and to impress.”
We’re really impressed with Mikel in multiple ways – he seems a mature young man with his feet firmly on the ground and he also looks like a great player for Newcastle in the near future.
He could turn out to be yet another stellar buy for Newcastle.