Newcastle United fans should be very excited by Mikel Merino's latest comments

Serbia's forward Uros Djurdjevic and Spain's midfielder Mikel Merino (R) vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B football match Serbia v Spain in Bydgoszcz,...

Newcastle United have already agreed a fee to sign Mikel Merino permanently at the end of his loan spell.

Newcastle United player Mikel Merino in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Newcastle United fans should be hugely excited after Mikel Merino’s latest comments to the Shields Gazette.

Merino suggested that he still is far from fully match sharp, as he still adapts to playing in the Premier League.

And if the Spanish central midfielder can have such an impact at St. James’ Park while he is short of his best, then the future looks very exciting for Merino and Newcastle.

“Physically, I still need to adapt to the league and how it works,” Merino said.

Newcastle United player Mikel Merino in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

“It’s a different rhythm in this league, and he [Rafael Benitez] knows it, so he’s giving me – not only me, but all of the team – advice all the time.

“Tactically, he tells you want to do, what he wants. I think I’m improving, and, little by little, I will reach 100%. That’s what I want to do – to keep improving and be my best, and this coach can help me do that.”

Merino has already been one of Newcastle’s stand out performers this season, and if he can improve further - then Benitez’s side could have a real star on their hands.

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Newcastle have already agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund to sign the midfielder permanently at the end of the season, and that appears to be very smart business.

Merino’s strong form has been a major reason behind Newcastle’s impressive opening to the campaign.

The Magpies have won their last three matches in succession to move into fourth place in the Premier League table.

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