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.