Transfer: Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad)

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Mikel Merino has returned to Spain in a deal between £10-12m and signed a 5-year contract with Real Sociedad a club that is only 50 miles away from his hometown. Leaving Newcastle United after showing amazing promise in his first few games, but then looked to be left out more and more towards the end of the season. At 22 years old I am sure he will still progress a lot further in his career and wish him well for this move. A little bit of a shame having only spent one season on Tyneside.

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Transfer: Kenedy (Newcastle)

Some fantastic transfer news was eventually announced for Newcastle United this morning after a few days of speculation and Kenedy posting videos looking at the Tyne Bridge from a Quayside place. We have the player in the shirt! The new shirts as well.

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The Curious Case of Hatem Ben Arfa

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It has been almost six years (I actually cannot believe it is that long ago) since Hatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on a season long loan from Marseille, for the 2010/11 season. A player who had plenty of good and bad press surrounding him. Good in terms of his ability and bad towards his attitude. That first season was cut dramatically short when he suffered a broken leg in an awful challenge from Nigel de Jong. But nevertheless he still signed for Newcastle permanently.

I was very excited about this as in those couple of games he really did show that he had skill and the willingness to try things by taking players on, something that not that many players seem to do very often. He particularly looked threatening in central roles running at centre backs.

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Relegation – Newcastle United

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Failing to beat Aston Villa last week backfired for Newcastle as Sunderland went on to beat Everton on Wednesday night. That ended the Premier League run in what has been truly deserved after an awful season! Even with that though it was still very disappointing  to have it hit home on Wednesday that we will be leaving the top flight of English football (again).

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It was back in 2009 when Newcastle last suffered relegation but the difference with that time to this time has to be the players who stayed and played in the Championship. That is going to be very different this time. Shocking that a couple of days after relegation was confirmed that Moussa Sissoko has been called up to the France squad for Euro 2016. A player who has been truly shocking nearly all season and some how undroppable gets to go and represent his country in the summer makes it all even worse.

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Jonjo Shelvey is the perfect midfielder for Newcastle!

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A very positive signing and a midfielder with everything we have been missing since Yohan Cabaye left. I know that might be a very big assumption to make but we did shell out £12m for Shelvey. A few seasons ago I would not have been happy about this but after watching him play for Swansea at the Stadium of Light earlier in the season I was very impressed, he ran the game from midfield and was the standout player on the pitch that day.

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2015/16 Season: Newcastle 2-1 West Ham

Following on from the 3-3 draw against Manchester United on Tuesday it was a quick turnaround and back to St James Park for another match, which believe it or not was a 3pm Saturday kick off. It’s nice to know that those matches still actually exist. It’s been quite a long time since I have been looking forward to a match (let’s face it we have played awful football recently) but I really was up for this one yesterday.

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I was very eager and excited to see how Jonjo Shelvey would fit into the side as found his signing earlier on in the week to be very positive and exactly what we have been missing this season. It didn’t take long for the new man to make an impact being involved in well pretty much everything good in the first half.

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