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‘Most gifted player in our squad’ – Newcastle United fans on Twitter discuss outcast’s fate

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been discussing their club’s 21-year-old Spanish midfielder, Mikel Merino. The ex-Borussia Dortmund man has been enjoying an incredible debut season at St James Park, making 24 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal and registering one assist for Rafa Benitez’s side.

Mikel Merino joined Newcastle on-loan from Borussia Dortmund initially on-loan before triggering a clause in his contract making the deal permanent. Now though, the midfielder has progressed into one of the Geordies most talented midfielders, alongside Jonjo Shelvey and his countryman, Ayoze Perez in the middle of the park for the St James Park faithful.

Despite his success in the Northeast, Merino has also had a spell on the sidelines after being plagued by injuries in his first year in the Premier League. The Spaniard missed three games in late October and early November as he suffered a slipped disk in his spine. The midfielder will be looking to regain his top form in the next few seasons as he continues to develop as a midfielder in the Premier League.

You can read our local Geordies’ verdict on Merino here:

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