Newcastle United fans are becoming concerned by Mikel Merino’s performances, since he signed a permanent contract at St. James’ Park.
Merino made a wonderful start to life at Newcastle, after signing on loan from Borussia Dortmund, and Rafael Benitez’s side wasted no time tying the central midfielder to a permanent deal, in an £8 million transfer (Telegraph).
However, more recently, the Spanish midfielder has struggled to show his best.
Merino was at fault for one of the goals which Newcastle conceded in their 3-2 defeat against Leicester City at the weekend.
And Magpies supporters are concerned by the form of Merino in recent weeks.
Personally I don't see what all the fuss is about with Merino. #NUFC— Ian Woodger (@IanWoodger) December 10, 2017
Seems like since Mikel Merino signed that contract he's gave up. He was terrible yesterday, constantly out of position and giving the ball away. #nufc— tom (@Tommy_Da_Tank) December 10, 2017
Merino another shelvey - overrated - should join baldy on bench next game for that ridiculous none pass alone ! #nufc— gee singh (@geesingh1) December 9, 2017
Plenty #NUFC players getting stick after that tonight. None were much worse than Merino yet he seems to escape criticism. If players are poor,why make them exempt?— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) December 9, 2017
If Merino starts ahead of Shelvey midweek it will be a disgrace. Merino has been poor since his injury. Did he make one forward pass today? Shelvey confident, takes control, looks forward and makes things happen. Needs to start every match. #nufc— Andrew Lawes (@LawesDisorder) December 9, 2017
Is Merino fully fit? Hasn’t looked the same player since he came back from injury #NUFC— Ryan Patterson (@ryanp88) December 9, 2017
Newcastle need Merino to get back to his best, as they have been in poor form of late.
The Magpies have failed to win any of their last seven matches, in what has been a concerning run of results.
Newcastle are currently in 16th place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Everton.