Mikel Merino could turn out to be one of Newcastle’s stellar buys if what we have seen from him is indicative of how he will develop in the future.
The 21-year-old looks a powerful central midfielder who is creative and combative in midfield and hopefully will add goals to his game under manager Rafa Benitez.
Mikel has suffered from a bad back, and since he has been out of the side, we have not done well in losing four games in a row.
But on Tuesday night when Mikel started the game we did well to get the point and come back from 2-0 down to 2-2.
Mikel Merino – not 100% yet
Mikel is likely to start at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, and hopefully, he can have an excellent game for us.
If he does that we could even get something out of this game.
But our defensive play has to be a lot better than it was on Tuesday night.
This is what Mikel has said this week as reported in the local papers:
“My fitness is improving,” “I am not at 100% yet, but I am here to help the team. It doesn’t matter if I am a little bit injured or 100% good, I will still give everything I can on the pitch.”
“Sometimes, things do not go as you would want, but the important thing is that I feel better every time I play.”
“I can feel my fitness coming back. I am not at 100% yet, either with my back or physically with my fitness, but I am improving and I am happy with that.”
“I think the fight we showed in the last game is the most important thing that a team can have,”
“That kind of mentality and the way we fought for each ball is what you have to have if you want to achieve anything.
“We did not lose our mind even though we were 2-0 behind. We kept fighting, and that is the spirit this team has. We have to keep going showing that character now.
“We know it will be a really hard game at the weekend, and we will have to do a lot of working and a lot of running. But we will be going there with a positive result behind us, looking to play positive football.
“We might have to make a few adjustments in defense because we are letting in too many goals, but we showed some good signs to come back at West Brom and we know what we have to do.”
We have to defend very well today if we are to get anything at all at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.