From what we can tell of Mikel Merino he was born to play for Newcastle, and he looks a terrific buy by manager Rafa Benitez.
If Rafa can pick up a couple of bargains every summer like Mikel – we will be doing very well indeed.
As soon as Mikel made his debut, he looked real class for one so young at just 21 years old.
And if he keeps improving like he has done in the first five games of the season we could have a superstar on our hands next May.
One of the things that Mikel has in his favor is he has a real passion and determination to become a better player.
And that augers well for his future with world-class manager Rafa Benitez now guiding him.
Mikel Merino – seems to have everything
But it just shows how Rafa keeps in touch with the top players coming through in the game, and hopefully, more players like Mikel will be on their way to Newcastle in the future – maybe even in January?
Mikel makes it very clear he is “really, really happy” to be at Newcastle and that’s always very good to hear.
This is what Mikel has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“I look comfortable playing football, not only in Premier League – it’s what I like, it’s what I love,”
“I’ve been doing it since I was seven years old and for me it is my love. It doesn’t matter if we are playing at a higher intensity,”
“I have to adapt to it.” “The main reason why I feel comfortable is I have really good team-mates who are always supporting me.”
“Of course I would have taken this first month,”
“It would have been perfect if we’d won all the matches.”
“But the way we are playing, the way the team thinks about playing football, the penetration and concentration – all these things are perfect at the moment.”
“I’m really, really happy to be here, enjoying every training and every match.”
Mikel is such an exciting player to watch and very strong when he is in possession.
It will be interesting to see how Jonjo Shelvey and Mikel play together with Merino maybe playing the defensive midfield role?
What do you think?