Assistant Manager Moreno Comments On Young Newcastle Star – Mikel Merino

Assistant manager and fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno talked about our new young star Mikel Merino yesterday to the Chronicle, and the coaching team are not surprised by what he has done so far.

Rafa said he had been tracking Merino for a while as one of the top up-and-coming young Spanish central midfielders and we have the 21-year-old on loan for the season.

Depending on which reports you believe, we have either an option to buy him next summer or an obligation to buy him after he has played a certain number of first team games this season.

The fee is said to be £6M – so that seems like an excellent price for Newcastle for a top class Spanish youngster from Borrusia Dortmund.

Mikel Merino – has been impressive so far

Merino looked very good in the West Ham victory two weeks ago, and Moreno says they knew the player they were getting:

“We knew the player before, so he was one of our main targets. Thankfully, in the end, we got him and we are very pleased.”

“We knew the level – he’s the player we expected. But still, it’s very early.”

“He’s a young boy who has to improve and has to be very conscious of the work.”

“Our target now is to be sure that he is focused on the job and is progressing in the way that we want to progress him.”

We need to get something out of this game today, and then we have Stoke City at home next Saturday (3:00 pm kick off) and another possible win in that match.

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5 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    SA I would probably have Shelvey there but totally agree Richie could definitely do a job in the hole. I would like to see Aaron’s given a chance and we need to see more of Murphy for sure. With Atsu playing well our wide positions are very well stocked so moving Richie inside may be the best thing.

    That being said Richie has been mr consistent as expected and so you run the risk of moving him inside and losing that level on the wings.

    It’s a tricky one but overall I agree with moving Richie.

  • sing in the corner

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Its been bugging me a bit why a club like Dortmund would let a potentially big talent like this lad go for a frankly measly sum. He looks to have great feet,quick thinking a good pass. Only a young un but doing well for Spain U21.
    Strange one,but I’m very grateful from what I have seen of him.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ve long been an advocate of playing Ritchie as a number ten. We do have ample cover on the wings, players with real pace who could play there and free him up to come inside. He’s got everything required to play there and Rafa has used him there before for short stints – friendlies and the recent cup game.
    Perez hasn’t progressed much since arriving so the time is right to try it imo.
    Can’t see it for this game though, but sometime in the future I wouldn’t rule it out. He doesn’t need a second invitation to try a shot at goal and feeding off either Mitro or Joselu’s knockdown I can see him scoring a good few goals from that position. He already scores a lot from the wing, so he’d score even more from the No 10. That in turn takes pressure off the striker to score so many.

  • Harley

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    If he keeps playing as good as he did against West Ham we’ll struggle to sign him. A big club will come along a blow us out of the water. I hope it’s an obligation and we tie it up in Jan.

  • Harley

    Sep 10, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Had an awful dream last night he played Diame as no10 today, couldn’t understand it in the dream.


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