Certainly, Mikel Merino has been an instant hit with fans since he was signed in late July and we just have to hope the 21-year-old keeps playing well in the middle of the park for Newcastle.
In our poll on which player was the best buy this summer the Spanish U21 international won easily with 60% of the vote.
And with Jonjo Shelvey available on Sunday at Swansea, after serving his three match ban for being sent off against Spurs, it will be interesting to see if Rafa brings the England International straight back into the starting line-up.
Isaac Hayden and Mikel played really well against West Ham, and both are players who are likely to improve a lot under the tutelage of Mr. Benitez so we would expect Jonjo to be on the bench on Sunday.
Mikel Merino in training
Mikel certainly looks like a star of the future for Newcastle United and while we didn’t have too much money to spend this summer we still think has used that money well – even though it was only £12M net.
We have Mikel on a season long loan with an option to buy said to be for about £6M next year – that could well turn out to be a bargain buy for the Magpies.