The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been urging their club to keep Mikel Merino at St James Park as the club tweeted him a happy birthday message. The Spanish midfielder made a positive start to his Newcastle career but after a back injury, he failed to play his way back into the team with the form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame keeping him sidelined.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 22 June 2018
The Magpies propping our bar up were keen to wish their man a happy birthday but also wanted to make it clear that they need him to stay on Tyneside. The fans at Newcastle will always warm to a player who gives it their all, regardless of their ability, and Merino is one that has talent in abundance to go with his superb work rate. The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder will be hoping whatever he does this summer he’ll playing more first-team football next season.
This season has been a really tough one for Merino. He started the season with a flourish and was absolutely superb up until he was unfortunate to suffer a back injury in October. The ex-Borussia Dortmund man made 24 Premier League appearances for the Geordies, although only played 90 minutes eight times in those 24 games. He did manage to open his Newcastle account though, scoring the only goal at St James Park as the Magpies overcame Crystal Palace 1-0.
You can read our desperate Geordies’ plea for Merino to stay here:
Please don’t go!!
— beth (@bethmann99) 22 June 2018
Don’t sell Merino
— Tom Richards (@tomd_richards) June 22, 2018
Don’t sell Merino
I just don’t think you understand,
Coz if you sell Merino,
Mikel Merino ,
You’re going to have a riot on your hands
— JaackRT (@JaackRT) 22 June 2018
If you sell him I want my £80 back.
— MD (@mdbigred) June 22, 2018
Be ridiculous letting a player this good leave!!! He’s one of the best midfields we’ve had in years!
— Daniel Owens (@DanielOwens13) June 22, 2018
Don’t leave us
— Matthew (@DoonyXD) 22 June 2018
DON'T YOU DARE SELL HIM.
— Paul (@DoIberg) June 22, 2018
— Clowes (@chrisclowess) June 22, 2018
The Newcastle fans in the Tavern have made their opinions clear that they will all be very upset if their man leaves.