Mikel Merino has made a great start for Newcastle United and quickly became a fan favourite.

Arriving on loan from Borussia Dortmund with a contract clause that will trigger a permanent deal based on a certain number of appearances, supporters hope that the midfielder will quickly reach that trigger point.

Playing in all seven Premier League matches for Newcastle, starting six of them, Mikel Merino has really made the team tick.

With maybe the only thing missing so far, being goals, though he did come close in the opening stages at Brighton when the keeper did well to turn his long-range effort away from goal.

No such problems though for his country, scoring a superb goal last month for the Spanish Under 21s against Italy last month in a 3-0 win, as well as adding an assist for one of the other two goals.

Now tonight, Merino has starred in a 4-1 win for the Spanish Under 21s, opening the scoring in the 26th minute with another excellent finish (watch below).

A cut back from the left reaching the Newcastle midfielder inside the box, his right foot powerful strike unstoppable as it went into the top corner of the Slovakian net.

Whilst he only started two league matches for Borussia Dortmund last year, as a 19 year old Mikel Merino played a full season for Osasuna in 2015/16 in the Spanish second tier.

Starting 36 league matches that season, the midfielder scored a very decent seven goals for Osasuna.

A big plus if Merino can add a few goals for Newcastle this season – he looks well capable.



  • Jimblag23

    You don’t need to remind us he signed from BVB in the summer on loan with an obligation to buy after a certain number of games. Haha.
    This is a Newcastle fan site, we know the fundamentals of our players 😂

    • Clarko

      Jimblag23:
      “This is a Newcastle fan site, we know the fundamentals of our players”

      Jimblag23 earlier that day:
      “Shelvey as he is the closest thing we have to Eriksen”

      Conclusion:
      Jimblag23 does not know the fundamentals of our players

      • Jimblag23

        Somethings got your goat today hasn’t it?

        Rather than just trying to insult people why don’t you engage the critical analysis part of your brain and put forward which Englishman you think we should play to try and utilise the quality Kane and Alli produce for Spurs.

        P.s. I’m honoured and slightly creeped out by your strong feelings towards me 😉

        • Clarko

          Jimblag23:
          “I’m sure people will call me crazy.
          But if I were Southgate I’d play Shelvey as he is the closest thing we have to Eriksen”

          Clarko:
          “2017/18
          Shelvey plays at CM/CDM – Eriksen plays at CAM/LAM
          Shelvey has an average pass length of 24.25m – Eriksen has an average pass length of 18.43m
          Shelvey has a pass completion of 74% – Eriksen has a pass completion of 85%
          Shelvey has created 1 chance – Eriksen has created 16 chances
          Shelvey has a 33% shot accuracy – Eriksen has a 77% shot accuracy
          Shelvey has made 4 clearances (1 every 46 minutes) – Eriksen has made 2 clearances (1 every 287 minutes)

          Both completely different players, that have different qualities, that play in different positions”

          Jimblag23:
          “why don’t you engage the critical analysis part of your brain”

          • Jimblag23

            Why did you just present that.

            You’re still just attacking me for what you clearly think is pure lunacy.
            Which is hardly offensive as I say you may think I’m crazy but…..

            Rather than addressing the actual point I’m making about England need an incisive pass.
            Which I believe Shelvey can do and don’t think you get from say…Jake Livermore.

            I don’t know why you want an argument, I don’t.
            I tried to make a point, if you hate it, try to move on.

          • Stupot

            But it’s entertaining as a spectator sport lol

          • steve pearce

            Can you immature children keep your name calling for the school playground as you are obstructing the right of grown-up Newcastle fans to air their views.

          • Clarko

            Why did I present that? To present your stupidity to the rest of the forum.

            The problem was/is your reasoning (the Eriksen comparison), it was/is pure idiocy. I don’t want to argue about “Livermore” (straw man).

          • lukegte

            Mate, you’re clearly obsessed. Let it go

          • Clarko

            Let it go? Like you have? Oh wait, you just replied. I guess that, by your own definition, makes you obsessed, right?

          • lukegte

            Haha. I’d forgotten about this post ’til you replied. I’m having no difficulty letting anything go. I have nothing to let go. Not that I need/want to prove that to you. You, on the other hand, are clearly intent on making this person feel unworthy of commenting on this forum. I’d suggest you’re insecure. Especially based on your other posts on this site. You’re constantly looking for an argument, with a very unfounded, pro-Ashley outlook. Small genitals? Big fat belly? Who knows? Only you, I suppose. This is the internet after all. Good luck with whatever it is that makes you feel so unworthy. I sincerely hope you overcome it.

          • Clarko

            Oh my god the hypocrisy.

            “I’m having no difficulty letting anything go”, really? Why have you now replied three separate times then?

            “You, on the other hand, are clearly intent on making this person feel unworthy of commenting on this forum”, really coming from the person who initiated this back and forth by commenting “Mate, you’re clearly obsessed. Let it go”, you are the one making people “feel unworthy of commenting”.

            You state that I’m “insecure”, again, this coming from someone who has felt the need to post reply after reply because they didn’t like the taste of their own medicine.

            “You’re constantly looking for an argument”, No, I constantly end arguments.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Clarko your argument is that of a ranting nutter.
            What on earth are you talking about?

          • Clarko

            Can you read? Try reading 👍🏾

          • Dillon Tovak

            I did. That’s how I can see you’re chatting some serious rubbish.

          • lukegte

            Clutching at straws with the intention of making someone (I assume) you don’t even know feel bad… tut tut. It’s all very troll-esque, clarko

          • Jimblag23

            You truly do like to take one small element of a point and go nuts over it.

            Let me state one last time, if you could see past the literal, Mr Stat Man, I didn’t ever try and say they were the same type of player. I made it clear I think they are different, but share a quality.
            Vision!

          • Clarko

            “But if I were Southgate I’d play Shelvey as he is the closest thing we have to Eriksen. We need to start utilising the spurs players we have in the squad. I know Kane has scored a few goals but him and Alli look so much worse for England.
            The missing piece? Eriksen.”

            Nowhere do you state that they are “different”, you state Shelvey “is the closet thing we have to Eriksen”. It is not a “one small element”, it’s the whole comment revolves around the reasoning.

            This is not only getting repetitive, but it is repeating on two separate articles. Please read both replies next time before responding.

          • Jimblag23

            The only thing getting repetitive is you cutting and pasting.
            So in our conversation I haven’t stated I don’t think they are the same?
            Or are you just obsessing over the original post rather than the conversation it opens up?
            Why don’t you just say what you think England need if you’re interested in this topic, if you’re not, why are you conversing?

            I said “the closest thing” that is really quite an open thing. It does not suggest they are the same.
            You know that, unless you’re dumb, but you like arguing. It’s sad.

            So for example, Shelveys pass against Liverpool is the type of pass the current England team don’t really produce.
            Someone else who would make a pass like that. Eriksen.
            It’s really not a hard thing for any brain to process.

          • Clarko

            Again, not interested in any England talk, just the initial stupid comment.

            “So in our conversation I haven’t stated I don’t think they are the same?” No you haven’t, you just keep saying that you have said that they are different, You haven’t:

            “I didn’t say they’re the same”

            “I even said they are different players”

            “I made it clear I think they are different”

          • Dillon Tovak

            What goes on in your head? Are you a troll? Or a robot?
            If you’re not interested in talking about England, don’t reply to a post about it.

          • Clarko

            I replied to the following comment:

            “You don’t need to remind us he signed from BVB in the summer on loan with an obligation to buy after a certain number of games. Haha.
            This is a Newcastle fan site, we know the fundamentals of our players”

            Can you read? Try reading 👍🏾

          • Dillon Tovak

            Why are you talking about England then?

          • Clarko

            Can you read? Try reading 👍🏾

          • Dillon Tovak

            🤔 is this really your tactic?
            Claim someone can’t read if they think you talk shyte?

          • Clarko

            Where did I “claim” you “can’t read”? I was encouraging you to read, because it is clear that have not discussed the England squad.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Um asking if I can read is implying I can’t 😂
            You’re something else.

          • Clarko

            No I was simply was asking a question, your incorrect interpretation of that question is your problem, not mine.

          • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

            Rhetorical?!

          • Clarko

            Is that a question?

          • Dillon Tovak

            I would even bother, he clearly has problems.

          • Jimblag23

            I’m just doing my bit for care in the community. Keep him busy for a bit until he tuckers himself out.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Lol.

          • Jimblag23

            The only person who’s stupidity is being presented to the forum is you.
            Can you not see that?

          • MadMag83

            Don’t waste you time on it. You could tell Clarko water is wet and he/she/it? Would argue the toss until you gave up.

    • Dillon Tovak

      🥁

  • TheNutJob

    Even Joselu would have scored from there, wouldnt he

  • steve pearce

    So why not play him instead of Ayoze Perez? Shelvey could then supply him with those almost supernatural passes and I’d like to see anybody try to muscle him off the ball. Wow! – I made it. The first intelligent and reasonable comment that has no hint of childish abuse…..

    • Wor Lass

      Steve, you`ve been cloned!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Because he’s a deep lying midfielder.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Back o the net! Cracking strike from Merino. Let’s hope he has a good game with Shelvey in the middle and lays it on for Richie to score 0-1 to us!?

  • Thomas Napper

    Who is the left footed winger for Spain? Left footed no.11 reminds me of Ben Arfa and draws 5 players before releasing killer pass. Rafa can you buy him?