Mikel Merino

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he is really worried ahead of the new Premier League season. Photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Rafael Benítez’s tenure as Newcastle’s manager looks to be reaching a pivotal moment after he claimed “everything” is wrong behind the scenes at St Ja(...)

 Ayoze Perez of Newcastle United scores an own goal under pressure from Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City during the Premier League match  at St James’ Park. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Newcastle 2 Leicester 3 Ayoze Perez’s late own goal cost Newcastle a precious Premier League draw as Leicester ruined the Magpies’ 125th birthday cel(...)

Mikel Merino of Newcastle United celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Mikel Merino had his headphones on and was listening to Spanish Reggaeton music as the bus swung on to a familiar main road. With the volume pushed to(...)

Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal scores against West Brom. Photograph: Reuters

Southampton 1 West Brom 0 A stunning solo goal from Sofiane Boufal lit up St Mary’s as Southampton beat West Brom 1-0. The substitute ran fully 70 y(...)

Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at St Mary’s, Southampton. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

As Mauricio Pellegrino allowed himself a sigh of relief at the full-time whistle, his embrace with his former mentor Rafael Benítez said it all. A har(...)

Brighton’s Shane Duffy  celebrates victory as Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United looks dejected after the Premier League match  at Amex Stadium. Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Brighton 1 Newcastle 0 If Brighton and Hove Albion get relegated this season it won’t be for a lack of valour, focus or determination. This narrowest(...)

Huddersfield Town’s Elias Kachunga  challenges Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Huddersfield Town 1 Leicester City 1 Laurent Depoitre scored on his full Premier League debut as Huddersfield and Leicester fought out a 1-1 draw at (...)

Jamaal Lascelles celebrates scoring Newcastle United’s winner against Swansea. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Swansea City 0 Newcastle United 1 It has not been an easy few days for Rafael Benítez, who underwent surgery this week in relation to an infection f(...)

 Rafael Benitez endured a frustrating summer transfer window. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Rafael Benítez has lost virtually all trust in Mike Ashley’s regime at Newcastle United and, no longer regarding his job as a long-term project, would(...)