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‘Can be replaced’ – Newcastle United fans react with fan favourite linked with surprise move away

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to news surrounding their 21-year-old Spaniard, Mikel Merino. A story in from TEAMtalk suggested the midfielder had informed Rafa Benitez of his desire to leave St. James’ Park after failing to settle despite his good start to life there. 

Mikel Merino swapped Signal Iduna Park for St James Park on loan initially last summer, but in October the Spaniard triggered a clause in his loan contract after making a certain amount of appearances that made him a permanent addition to the Newcastle squad. Although just a few months later, after struggling with a back injury, the midfielder was being linked with a move away from the North East to Spain as Bilbao chased the midfielder.

The links from Bilbao remain strong as the Spanish club have a strict transfer policy that only allows them to sign players of Basque origin. This policy greatly narrows the pool of players that the club is able to employ and Mikel Merino was the most qualified in that pool. Considering the midfielders short time in the Premier League he’s already done enough to impress Rafa Benitez of his qualities and at the age of just 21, it seems the midfielder has got a big future, be it at St James Park or not.

You can read our resident Geordies verdict on Merino here:

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