Picking his Premier League team of the week, Jamie Redknapp has gone for an obvious selection from the Newcastle side that beat Swansea 1-0.

Writing in The Mail, the former Liverpool and Spurs player has selected Jamaal Lascelles alongside the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, David de Gea and Harry Kane.

Having stopped a certain goal with a clearance off the line and then getting the winner, the NUFC captain is an easy choice.

Jamie Redknapp Team of the week:

David de Gea (Man Utd)

Kurt Zouma (Stoke City)

James Tarkowski (Burnley)

Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)

Pascal Gross (Brighton)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Stoke)

However, when speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Redknapp was very impressed with another Newcastle player.

Redknapp says that despite his embarrassing dive, Mikel Merino was ‘very good’ and ran the Newcastle midfield – ‘very comfortable on the ball’.

We are now getting the first real inklings of wider recognition for the 21 year old Spaniard who has instantly impressed Newcastle fans.

I just hope that loan deal with permanent move possibility is totally secure from the Newcastle end of things, as he looks a real star in the making.

Jamie Redknapp talking to Sky Sports:

“If you look at the Newcastle midfield, Mikel Merino – apart from his Tom Daley impression – I thought he was very good.

“Very comfortable on the ball.

“Joselu was always a danger and they controlled the game for large spells.

“Very good on the counter-attack and the goal is a big moment.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Swansea 0 Newcastle 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Lascelles 76

Possession was Swansea 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Swansea 10 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Swansea  4 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Swansea 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Mike Jones

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Gamez, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 69), Merino, Murphy (Atsu 59), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Shelvey, Yedlin, Lejeune

Crowd: 20,872 (2,000 Newcastle)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after final whistle HERE)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)

(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)

(Credit to Swansea boss Paul Clement for this post-match reaction HERE)

(Steve Claridge says Newcastle ‘Nicked it’)



  • mentalman

    If it were me and the merino deal actually is only £6million i would pay it now

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    We are in danger of building the lad up then being shocked when the big spenders start unsettling him .. Cabaye esqe .. let’s just keep him under the radar and build around him
    One player who I thought looked absolute quality yesterday was Gamez .. his composure and passing ability were stand out .. Dummett injury had been a god send

    • Kneebotherm8

      Totally agree, Gamez was excellent, and his passing range was light years above Dummetts.

  • Andy Mac

    Borussia Dortmund confirmed when the deal was struck that there was a
    clause in the contract which stipulated that the move would become
    permanent if he played 20 games this season. £2.7m loan fee plus another £6.5m when he joins permanently

    • steve

      In that case my worry would be the player having the option to say no to the move.

      • Andy Mac

        You’re a worrier then Steve ? 🤔

  • Steve Smith

    The fixation on the “dive” is pathetic. If it were Ali or someone else then they’d be saying he was entitled to go down etc etc.

  • S.G.M.

    Pundits being pundits
    Redknapp is one of those who regularly say “there was contact”
    Watch the replay again , you will clearly see the defender grab his right arm and pull him back.