Newcomer Talks About Why Rafa Is So Crucial For Newcastle


Mikel Merino has been little short of a revelation so far this season and we have the lad on loan for the season from Borussia Dortmund.

It seems it’s an obligation to buy with most reports saying once he has played 20 games for Newcastle we will have to buy him for £6.5M.

We expect Rafa to tie up that deal very quickly such is the promise of the Spanish U21 International central midfielder.

One thing we like about Mikel is he wants to learn everything he can from Rafa.

Merino intends to be the best in the business, and he certainly seems to have the skills and attitude to do that.

The very impressive Mikel Merino

This is what he’s said about the manager today as reported in the Northern Echo:

“It’s always important to have the boss with us,” “His presence is important for us, even though we know what to do.”

“He is intelligent, and he knows how to communicate to us the things we have to do. It’s always important when you look at the bench and see him.”

“He gives you confidence and you know if you are doing anything wrong, he will tell you and you will improve. It’s always nice to have him on the bench near us.”

“I’m improving a lot tactically from training with him,” “Physically, I still need to adapt to the league and how it works.”

“It’s a different rhythm in this league and he knows it, so he is giving me advice all the time. Not only me= but all the rest of the team too.”

“Tactically, he tells you what to do, what he wants. I think I am improving, and little by little with his help, I will reach 100%.”

“That’s what I want to do – to keep improving and be my best – and this coach can help me do that.”

It seems it’s a mutual admiration society between Mikel and Rafa with Mikel seeing Rafa do so well at Liverpool and Napoli in his formative years.

And Rafa has been watching the youngster closely coming through the Spanish youth sides.

It shows that when we have a world-class manager like Rafa in charge, good players will want to join the club and the 57-year-old also has tabs on top young players coming through.

It all bodes well for the future of Newcastle, and it all bodes well for young Mikel Merino.

He’s also a smashing lad and seems completely unaffected by his massive talent.

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7 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 22, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Agree with the lot of you that money and owners drive the Premiership and don’t give a stuff about us fans look at this season – TV audiences have fallen for the Sunday teatime games in the Premiership. Newcastle United have one of the biggest followings on TV so guess what SIX out of the first EIGHT games are being played on a Sunday afternoon/tea and for our away fans three of the games with the most distance to travel – Swansea, Brighton and Southampton have been sheduled for Sunday Teatime – F**KING STINKS…

    … So it will be inevitable I reckon within the next two seasons a Premiership game will be played on foreign soil.

    Makes my blood boil

    footnote – would not suprise me that Ashley has already signed the TOON up for playing a home game abroad – LOADS OF MONEY

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  • optimistic prime

    Sep 22, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    The only thing that really caught my eye in Hibbits article was man spew are £498m in debt, bloody hell.

    What’s that all about, if you’re going to have ffp surely the clubs debt should have to be reasonabley controlled/managed.

    Some clubs seem to be in more debt than they’re worth with no intention of paying the debt off.

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  • jazzyp

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Play Merino every game till he’s tied up to us.
    He’s settled in straight away as Leguene seems to have.Atsu is coming good after a season of transition

    How long do you give Mitro??

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  • geordieviking

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s the same problem that we have with MA as an owner. The TV execs don’t really understand that it is the live games that underpin the market.
    The same applies for any form of sport/entertainment, just look at the prices people p
    ay for Wimbledon etc.
    The more difficult it becomes to attend the live games the less interest there’ll be in watching the games on TV. Obviously there are exceptions for cup finals and major European away games.

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  • Shot Bru

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Charlie.. Don’t see the problem with having to play a game overseas.

    If it was played in NYC for example, it would be easier and quicker to get there by plane than schlepping it all the way to Southampton on a bus for an away game on a Sunday arvo!

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  • geordieviking

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Thus situation with cricket also needs examining. Interest in cricket has crashed since pay-tv bought the rights from public broadcasting so that in the end everyone loses out.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 22, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Jazzy,
    Agree on Merino being signed up ASAP. On Mitro I think this will be his make or break season (or atleast to Jan).

    Lad really needs to get his head down and work on his game and leave his temper in the dressing room.

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