Mikel Merino seems to be one of Newcastle’s new stars in the making, but the Spanish U21 star still has a lot to learn., but he should learn quickly from his compatriot at Newcastle – manager Rafa Benitez.
But the good news is that he should learn quickly from his compatriot at Newcastle – manager Rafa Benitez.
Merino is on loan for the season from Borrusia Dortmund, but we have an option to buy him next year for around £6M, so that would be a great bargain for us.
But it will all probably depend on Rafa staying on Tyneside past next summer, which at the moment seems doubtful.
Merino has revealed the messages Rafa gives to the players when they play for Newcastle.
Mikel Merino – great player in the making
This is what the 21-year-old has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“Rafa says to us to keep the faith, and we believe in his words,”
“So what we have to keep doing is keep trying hard, keep playing, and the main thing is to keep doing good things and if we do it then we know good things will come.”
“We are with our coach, and we know this is the way to act.”
“Newcastle needs to be a compact team, we are like a family and we have to keep this mentality because we don’t have the potential that Manchester City, Manchester United or the other big teams have.”
“So we have to keep playing, keep running a lot with all the effort, this is not negotiable – and we have to each give 100% out on the pitch.”
“Only like this can we have a successful season.”
“It’s incredible,” “It’s incredible when you win, because the crowd is really happy and in this game (West Ham) the crowd was with the team, which is something we know we really need.”
“We need the crowd to keep going, even when things go wrong, and I think these fans are going to be with us.”
“I hope to keep this feeling going.”
Rafa and the players return to training today at Benton, at least those who are not on International duty.
It will be interesting to see if there are any comments from Rafa on the current situation, following the rather disastrous transfer window this summer.
What do you think?