Young Star Quickly Learning The Ropes at Newcastle

Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino had another good game for us on Sunday this time in the midst of some world-class players who were in the Liverpool side.

And the news coming through about Merino is he almost signed in the summer for Athletic Bilbao on loan.

Newcastle had the funds to be able to pay the 21 year-old’s wages he was getting at Borrusia Dortmund.

And he’s been a star so far this season and we expect him to get a lot better in the future.

He started alongside Jonjo Shelvey on Sunday and that could become our first choice central midfield partnership this season.

But we also have another very good young player in Isaac Hayden – the former Arsenal youngster.

We were in trouble when Shelvey was banned for five games last season over the Christmas period.

But this season, when the 25-year-old  was banned for three games, Mikel came in and played well so we didn’t miss Jonjo that much.

Mikel Merino above – quickly learning the ropes under Rafa Benitez

But Shelvey showed his class and creativity against his former club Liverpool on Sunday, and hopefully, he will be available for the rest of this season and behave himself.

This is what Merino has said about the game on Sunday as reported in the Northern Echo:

“This means that this team has heart, a really good mentality and it doesn’t matter if we’re one down or one up, we have to keep fighting.”

“We have believed about our possibilities – it doesn’t matter if we are losing by one, we keep fighting and in the end we have our important point – our goal.”

“And this is how this team works. We have to keep going like this though.”

“It was a tough game and everyone could see how good Liverpool is. I think we have done a great, great effort.”

“All the match we were running, it was incredible how we run and work, all the supporters were behind us, we achieved an important point against a great team.”

“We are happy about that but we know we need to keep working and doing what we are doing.”

“The crowd was incredible. I’m used to it, so I’m not surprised because every time we play at home the crowd is at an incredible level.”

“It helps us a lot and the team is really, really happy about that. What we want to do is to keep the mood and to keep the crowd going like this.”

“Each time I go away with the national team I want to play good, I want to help my national team and to help them win.

“It’s a different style of football but I have the same mentality: work hard and help my team. I will then come back and go again with Newcastle.”

Mikel will be off with the Spanish U21 side during the International break when he is likely to start for Spain in their game against Slovenia in a European U21 qualifier next week.

Mikel looks a great buy for us and he also seems such a great lad – perfect for Newcastle – and Rafa can make him into a top player for us in the next year or two.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 4, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #1

    We’d better get Merino signed up before the bindippers nick him!

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Merino’s loan agreement has a clause obligating NUFC to sign the player permanently, based on a number of appearances.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    That’s why Amanda was there on Sunday wasn’t it?? To nick our players and tap up our manager???

  • Slank

    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #4



    This came out of Liverpool.


    The scenario I have been told is as you say especially now that Bayern Munich are looking for a new manager and a German would be first choice.

    The press, especially the local press, have latched onto the fact that Staveley has attended a match at St James Park specifically because she wants to buy all or part of the club. People like her do not do their business in public. No billionaire in their right mind is going to ask her to attend a match and then provide him with her assessment of the match on whether to buy the club or not.

  • hibbit

    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    looks like Van Gall is getting the Bayern Munich job

  • cyprus

    Oct 4, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    So PCP will broker the deal, for commission, if any of this is true? They will not be buying themselves?

  • ctommo

    Oct 4, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Decent article Ed, but to say Merino had a decent game for us again is a bit untrue. I think it was possibly his worst game in the toon shirt. If he had a decent game I have no doubt we would have got the 3 points. Still reckon he’s a class act like, and can forgive him for having an off day.


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