When Mikel Merino signed from Dortmund in July no one knew what to expect…

However, after three games United appear to have uncovered a gem. With yet another superb performance for Spain Under 21’s. Just how far can Merino go.

He’s better than Cesc Fabragas…

Well, that’s at least how the chants go. Despite not quite being of that level yet. The potential is definitely there for the Spaniard.

This potential won Merino a move to one of Germany’s best sides. Dortmund are famous for their youth prospects and academy. Bring through the likes of Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.

So if you’re looking for high-quality young players Dortmund is one of Europe’s best hunting areas. Rafa Benitez obviously subscribes to this trail of thought.

Whilst not developed in Dortmund’s academy their talent scouts picked up on the youngster at Osasuna. Between 2014 and 2016, Merino featured 86 sides for the Second Division side netting eight times.

Merino helped keep Osasuna up after a tough season after breaking through in late January. It was however in his second season which he led Osasuna into the playoffs.

Merino netted three in the playoffs for Spanish side.The Spaniard managed to bag a move to Dortmund off the back of this season.

Merino made just eight appearances for Dortmund. However, had a sensational 83.7% pass succession rate in his time in front of the Yellow Wall.

In comparison, Jonjo Shelvey the main competition for Merino at Newcastle. Only had 78% rate albeit with far more appearances. 

N’Golo Kante in his Leicester title winning season had an 81.6% rate. Simply that shows how good his passing has been.

However, whilst comparisons to Kante and Fabragas are premature. It shows the potential is there for Merino to push on at Newcastle.

So far Merino has impressed at Newcastle. Amongst all the negativity at St James’ Park over transfer dealings in the Summer.

In Merino Newcastle look like they have uncovered a gem. Whilst it’s early days there is so far something to be positive about in the young Spaniard.

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