We were sorry to see Mikel Merino leave the club yesterday – he’s a young player who looks like he has the skill to become an excellent player in the future.
But he didn’t want to stay at Newcastle so there’s not much Rafa or the club could do about it.
But just before Mikel left us there was news that Rafa had managed to get a season-long loan deal worked out for Brazilian winger Robert Kenedy – who was dazzling for us this year on loan.
At the same time Merino, after recovering from his back injury couldn’t get back into the side because of the great form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame – who was a revelation in the holding midfield position.
Ayoze has pointed out on his Twitter account that one friend has left the club but another is coming back – so it kinds of evens itself out.
But it also shows how footballers careers can be unpredictable and it’s often difficult to settle anywhere for any length of time.
We are hoping that Ayoze can improve further his goalscoring prowess next season.
Last season he was our top scorer with 10 goals – 8 scored in the Premier League – the most he’s ever scored in a Premier League season for us.
Kenedy scoring against the Saints
He is another player who has improved under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
Howay The Lads!!
This is what fooball is about, one friend is leaving the club and other is here again. Good luck @MikelMerino1 in Real Sociedad, I will miss u friend! Kenedy, I think we are going to have fun again ??? pic.twitter.com/kmNyVUl0u5
— Ayoze Perez (@AyozePG) July 12, 2018