Summer signing Mikel Merino has been an excellent buy for Newcastle since we first got him on loan from Borussia Dortmund in August on loan.
That loan has been turned into a permanent deal, and reports say the fee was as low as £6M – a bargain for a player of Merino’s ability and potential.
Merino isn’t just a top young player who is currently starring for the Spanish U21 side, but he has huge ambitions which he believes he can achieve at a Rafa Benitez led Newcastle United.
There’s news in the Chronicle today that Rafa is keen to uncover other young stars for Newcastle and bring them to the club.
And the scouts seem to be concentrating on the Bundesliga as a priority.
Mikel Merino – terrific young player at Newcastle for £6M!
We have tried to bring top young players to the club in the past and have not been too successful at that.
But things have changed now, and Rafa is a massive draw for top young players who know they can get better under the guidance of the Spanish manager.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle about the current scouting activities going on at the moment:
“It’s too early. We’re watching players but that’s it, nothing else. We have to concentrate on our football now.”
“Our scouting department are out there and we are watching a lot of players.”
“You can’t stop agents talking or clubs talking who want to put players on the market, but there is no target we are currently talking to.”
“We are monitoring a lot of players.”
“But we are focusing on football and the scouts know what they have to do.”
It’s important to set up an efficient scouting team and also to bring players through the club from a young age.
The last we want to do is to go out and buy a team like Chelsea, and Manchester City did in the past.
And we don’t want to spend a ridiculous £193M for any one player – that’s silly.
We need to have players coming through the system, and that’s one thing Rafa Benitez seems determined to do at Newcastle.
Sounds good to us.