Control and intelligence: Why Mikel M...

Control and intelligence: Why Mikel Merino's arrival reveals...

Newcastle United have made an exciting signing in Mikel Merino, who arrives with the potential to make a big impact Away from the ballet of the Nou Camp or the relentlessness of the Bernabeu, CA Osasuna - the club of Navarre, a fiercely independent part of the Basque country - bounce between the top two divisions. But if the club struggles to go toe-to-toe with the muscle of Madrid or Barcelona, they can at least boast of a sprinkling of heavyweight products from 'the Tajonar' - the Academy system responsible for a string of uncompromising graduates.

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