Newcastle United's Mikel Merino reckons he has yet to show his best form at the club. The 21 year old Spanish midfielder joined on a season long loan from Dortmund in July. He has already made a big impact on Tyneside but his progress was interrupted by a back injury. He is almost fully fit again now, and he is hoping to impress. The highlight of his time at Newcastle so far was his winner against Palace back in October. However, Merino reckons the best is still to come.
Merino Battles Against Injury
Newcastle United supporters will be hoping that Merino is at his best at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Spaniard is still not at peak fitness after his injury and he spoke to the press during the week. He said: “My fitness is improving. I am not at 100% yet, but I am here to help the team.”
“It doesn’t matter if I am a little bit injured or 100% good, I will still give everything I can on the pitch. Sometimes, things do not go as you would want, but the important thing is that I feel better every time I play. I can feel my fitness coming back. I am not at 100% yet, either with my back or physically with my fitness, but I am improving and I am happy with that.”
Newcastle Form Worries
Rafa Benitez has done a fine job with Newcastle, but recent results have to be a worry. They lost 4 in a row before battling back for a 2-2 draw at West Brom last weekend. That is the sort of spirit they need to show every week in the Premier League.
The Magpies were among the favourites for relegation before the season started, but they are sitting pretty in 12th. They are a well organised side and if Merino keeps on improving they should have no problems staying up.