The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are dearly hoping their side will end a barren run of form in the Premier League with victory over Watford this weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s side enjoyed an impressive opening to the campaign following their return to the top-flight as they managed to take 14 points from their opening 9 fixtures. However, they have since failed to take a single point from any of their last 3 matches in the Premier League and now sit 5 points clear of the relegation zone in 11th place.
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Newcastle welcome Marco Silva’s Watford to St James’ Park tomorrow afternoon in a match that should be a tough test for the North-East side given the Hornets eye-catching start to the season.
The Magpies were handed a huge fitness boost ahead earlier today of their weekend fixture, as Benitez confirmed in his press conference that Mikel Merino has recovered from injury and is fit to play against Watford.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 24, 2017
Newcastle’s last victory in the Premier League arrived courtesy of a late header from the Spaniard, and the Toon Army will be hoping he has a similar impact on proceedings this weekend.
Merino has rapidly become a fan-favourite on Tyneside since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
And his return from injury looks to have given the fans a well-needed boost before their Premier League clash.
Here’s what the fans have had to say about Merino’s comeback…
Merino back tomorrow, awesome news #NUFC
— Chad Presley (@chad_presley) November 24, 2017
Win percentage without Merino in starting 11 = 17%
Win percentage with Merino in starting 11 = 50%
— Sam Toons (@ComeOnToons) November 24, 2017
I hope Mikel Merino starts against Watford. #NUFC
— Abe Halis (@Car_list) November 24, 2017
Good news for Newcastle, as Benitez confirms Merino will be available tomorrow against Watford. Injuries have really been an issue lately. #NUFC
— Roy Emanuel (@Roy13a) November 24, 2017
Micky Merino fit for tomorrow…Spanish Flair Saturday's coming up! #NUFC
— Dan Sanderson (@OriginalSanders) November 24, 2017
Merino back is a HUGE boost for us #NUFC
— Jonny Martin (@JonnyMartin1) November 24, 2017
Excellent news regarding Merino. Just gets better every game he plays and has become an important part of out spine. Intelligent, efficient, breaks up play and always looking to pass the ball forward. No10 in the making #nufc
— K H A N – Z (@angryZK) November 24, 2017
— Michael Brown (@Biffabroon23) November 24, 2017
Merino Available Tomorrow, Thank God #NUFC
— Sam Chipperfield (@SamChipperfield) November 24, 2017
Merino being back tomorrow is massive. We look a totally different team with him and Shelvey in the middle #nufc
— Matt (@GeordieWalrus) November 24, 2017