Newcastle Star Mikel Merino Getting Some Excellent Press From Spain

21-year-old Mikel merino has been getting some good press in both Germany and Spain which are the two countries he played in before joining Newcastle initially on loan in the summer.

Since then Mikel has signed a five-year contract at the club, and his form has been excellent for us.

Unfortunately, he missed the game on Monday night at Burnley, and we were beaten 1-0, and while we played solidly we allowed a poor goal, and that turned out to be the difference between the sides.

Fans are still waiting for news on whether he can play on Saturday at home to Bournemouth.

But with a two-week International break coming up Rafa and the medics must be tempted to leave him out of the team, so his back has ample time to recover.

He’s seeing a specialist this week who will advise Newcastle on the best course of action.

Mikel Merino – after scoring the winner against Crystal Palace – YES!

Mikel has been starring for the Spanish U21 side, and he got an excellent write-up by Spanish football journalist Santi Zuza.

Zuza covers the CA Osasuna club among others in Spain.

Merino came through the ranks at Osasuna, and Santi Zuza has said this about the Newcastle midfielder in Sky Sports:

“I knew him from their Osasuna youth teams.”

“Normally when a player jumps a few age groups to the first team, he needs some time to adapt.”

“There aren’t many who immediately improve their level in that situation but that was the case with Mikel.”

“From making his debut in August 2014, Mikel became a genuine leader of the team in less than a year.”

“The second season was when he truly exploded and without him Osasuna wouldn’t have achieved promotion, that’s for sure.”

“Mikel has always been a player with enormous ability to organize the game, to slow things down when necessary.”

“Defensively he was very important to the team in central midfield but he also has a great sense of when to get into the box to score goals.”

“Let’s just say he is a very complete player, also good in the air and in a tactical sense.”

“He was a decisive player even though the move (to Dortmund) was finalized in the winter transfer window – it didn’t distract him; his football actually improved throughout the season.”

“He has a lot of room to keep progressing and he’s at a fantastic age for that. He is a very normal, humble person. He has kept those values and they translate on the pitch.”

Those are good words about Mikel who is already a very firm favorite on Tyneside with the Geordie fans.

And with his countryman, Rafa Benitez guiding him, Mikel has an excellent chance of becoming a top player for Newcastle United.

He’s a good player already!

Comments welcome.

90 comments so far

  • kimbo

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Merino is our best player at the moment but I would like to throw out a question, Murphy or Sammi A.
    We should of kept Sammi and used the £12million towards a better striker than Joselu???

  • LGFUAD21

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    With regards the the Christian Purslow. It’s simply not true.

    Liverpools last takeover occurred in February. The one before that in October. Moshiri purchased his 49% stake in February.

    Thats just top flight clubs.

    I see his logic in wanting to have a clear idea over where the club is but I think interested parties can see the opportunity here as possibly the last sleeping giant in English football being available (barring a miracle at Leeds). They can make the move and get the needed investment in January to establish ourselves at Prem level or they can wait til summer when we could be a lost cause and have no other options in the league.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #3


    i’d only replace Joselu, with Mitrovic

    Mitro plays higher up the pitch, holds the ball up and brings others like Perez into play.

    we also have someone to aim our crosses to

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4


    anything can happen.

    but i never comment on transfer speculation, it’s absolutely pointless.

    in reality we can be linked with every player on the planet, so i stick to who we have and what we can do with them.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    So NUFC have already offered a fee for a player in January, in the words of jim Royale “my arse”

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Liverpool was sold to Fenway Sports Group on 15 October 2010 for £300m.
    A 49% share is not a take-over

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Potato tomato

  • U.S Magpie

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #8

    I love all these people coming out and saying no club gets sold in the season, Man City was bought out in Sept 2008 after the season started. Here’s another gem, Man City’s season position in 2007/8 was ninth in the premiership and were bought out in Sept 2008, 2008/9 season they finished tenth in the league. The funny thing about this takeover for Newcastle is we could have been Chelsea or Man City, both clubs had an injection of huge money, around the same time they were bought Newcastle finish higher than Man City and finished fourth in the league, so we could have been of interest back then to both investors, shame no one knocked on the door back then. God I hope this takeover happens, all Newcastle United fans want is for the club to be loved by its owners, to make the club solid in its foundation so we don’t start every season with that worried feeling, are we going to get relegated. If any potential takeover wants to look at our club they need to start with the fans, look at the seasons we were relegated and look at the fans backing the club with full houses in the second tier. That’s the starting point for any investor, fan base and are we a fan base that loves the club through good and bad. Well investors look back at our last ten years to get your answer. We have been unlucky in the past that the owner’s of our club didn’t let the manager manage. They got to involved in telling the manager how to run the squad, we fired to many managers over the years and never looked attractive to good player who decided other clubs were a better fit than ours. Now we have a manager in place that stayed with us through relegation and then stayed with the club when we got back, with that and the fan base we must look like a solid purchase, add in that St James has the potential for another 20000 supporters could be added if we built out the stadium making Newcastle 70000 seated stadium. Praying every day when I wake up I see Newcastle have been purchased by storyline.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #9

    U.S Magpie
    It wasn’t all these people
    It was me
    I said MID season
    You don’t work for Donald Trump
    by any chance ?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Wounder if that was merino when i was leaving the Nuffield with a friend only got a glimps mightu not be.

  • martoon

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    RUNAWAY777 – it could well be because they do use the Nuffield for MRI scans.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #12

    go trump go , drain that swamp

  • U.S Magpie

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib, Just so you’re on the same page and although you may think that I was talking in reference to you, this was 100% nothing to do with you. I know right, wow this has nothing to do with me, I was talking about all the people in the media coming out and saying this and saying that, if this was about you I would have said JIB. But I don’t really do that, call out people on the site.

  • U.S Magpie

    Nov 1, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Oh JIB, with your reference to Donald Trump and in his words. YOURE FIRED.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 1, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #15

    If we get anything out of the bigger teams then it’s a bonus. The most important thing is to get results against those who will be around us. That’s my worry that we’ve let the likes of Burnley, udders and Brighton beat us albeit away from home

  • Our Toon

    Nov 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    US Magpie

    I could be wrong but didn’t citeh get bought out and then they signed robinho on deadline day? That means they were bought before September

  • simon376

    Nov 1, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon and US
    Think it was deadline day, 31st Aug or whatever day it fell on that year when city were bought and yes he was signed straight after. Think I was off work that week and watching sky sports news in the hope of seeing somebody signed, but the city but out was the big news of the day

  • jimiley

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #18

    The owner must be kicking himself for spending any money in the summer. 12 million on Murphy was a waste and so was 5 million for Joselu. 17 million totally wasted. We would be higher in the league without those two because Mitro would have been playing. Joselu has scored two flukes which hardly count. and Perez has scored once. Thats THREE goals in 20 games by our strike pairing. Need I clarify that out strikers are p… poor. But they continue to play because we are bereft of strikers. Criminal.

  • jimiley

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    US Mag
    Has the fat man not sold the land behind the Gallowgate to build a casino or something? Not sure but the new owners want to make sure the land goes with the deal.
    We will need 70k stadiuum if we get taken over by decent owners. By the way I do not want 200k a week mercenaries coming here like Citeh. I just want to be competitive and win a Cup. Anything.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    All I’m saying is
    Ashley by making it clear he would
    like a quick sale , has put any prospective buyer
    in the box seat.
    Which to me shows an uncharacteristic
    lack of business acumen.
    Nothing is remotely guaranteed until we achieve
    the iconic 40 points

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #21

    U.S Magpie

    Don’t worry about upsetting Jib. He’s much like your often maligned president – a thoroughly nice and well respected person who’ll take what little criticism he gets in his stride.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    The one thing NUFC and Man City have in common is
    they are both local council tenants with leases on their stadia

  • jimiley

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23

    With such p… poor strikers our safety is not guaranteed unless we can buy big with new owners in January. The fat man knows this and does not want to risk the sale going pear shaped in the summer with us relegated.
    Cannot happen?
    You get relegated because you cannot score not because you cannot defend. A goal a game is not great. Everybody seems to think we are doing OK. We have not played many good teams and we are FIVE points above 3rd bottom. We are NUFC. Without investment in January the wheels can come off.

  • jimiley

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Cannot get relegated?
    Please remember we are basically a promoted Championship team and we all know what happens to them the next season. Our two big buys Joselu and Murphy are rubbish and offer nothing more to the team we did not have in May.
    Rafa can make us difficult to beat but he cannot make us score goals. He needs quality for that. Without our set piece goals we would be in the bottom three. Please think on that.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    A bit early for bottom three predictions i would at least wait for the Rafa leaving after a flat January thing. I think Benitez also hopes that a new buyer will supply him what he needs so he’ll keep plugging away at not losing for the foreseeable. Can’t see us being worse than the current bottom feeders either. Sorry jib if toonbrother already covered that last Whitsunday week. 🙂

  • hibbit

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26


    i don’t think by any stretch of the imagination can Joselu be classed as big buy
    £5m is chicken feed in to days market

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Btw if you are bored reading this blog go check out the Sunderland forums it’s going three mile island on there ha ha

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m like many on the blog that was expecting the Rafa magic to turn Joselu into a silk purse, but that sadly does not look as it’s about to happen.

    Murphy I think we might have to show a little more patience on.

    It’s a pity we didn’t hang on to the other Murphy but that’s done and dusted so Rafa has to make the best of the rest.

    Which currently is Joselu, Gayle and the other guy who’s name slips me by as I haven’t seen him mentioned on team sheets for a while.

    Time to recall the loanees perhaps or stick one of the CBs up front.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Bill broke the blog
    AGAIN !!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #30


    Should I leave never to return.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s easily done
    We’ve all done it

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #32


  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib broke the blog 😎

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34
  • lochinvar

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #35

    When the Mackems were leading last night against Bolton for all of two minutes that was the first time they had been ahead in a game in 2017.

    It’s a Tale of Two Cities really.

  • jazzyp

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Are we still on for the 27th

  • jazzyp

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Tosun scores

  • ToonRich

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Not football related, but who knows might be one day!!

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    Ed, Apologies if this is not allowed.

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Reading that BBC article you start to feel sorry
    for the sad bastids – then you remember Adam
    Johnson the kiddy fiddler and the plane over SJP
    and “let’s all laugh at Newcastle” and you realise
    there exists “poetic justice”

  • beermonkey

    Nov 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #40


    no idea did we make plans for the 27th


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