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.