Even when Mikel Merino doesn’t start for Newcastle, he still manages to have an impact on the game.
He did exactly that yesterday, and after coming on early in the second half for Isaac Hayden, he put some initial passes astray but then helped Newcastle to get the win.
Mikel’s passing improved quickly once he got into the game and he managed to get his very first goal for Newcastle four minutes from time to give us all 3 points against bottom of the table Crystal Palace.
But Palace played well yesterday and are now well organized under new manager Roy Hodgson.
Mikel Merino – he can play the number 10 role
Ayoze Perez had a mediocre game yesterday in the number 10 position, and maybe it’s worth starting Mikel in that position at Burnley a week tomorrow?
The 21-year-old plays that position for the Spanish U21 side and scored two goals in their recent Internationals.
Maybe he can do a job there for Newcastle with Jonjo Shelvey and Issac Hayden playing in the two central midfield positions.
Mikel in his nufcTV interview after yesterday’s game said he has never played that far forward before but admitted that adding goals to his game.
Mikel said he wants to become the best player he can become at Newcastle and his ambition is a breath of fresh air.
It may be worth a try to give Mikel a chance, and he could start getting the goals as the withdrawn striker at Newcastle.
It could be worth a try.