After much frustration and uncertainty, Newcastle United finally completed the signing of priority target Miguel Almiron from MLS club Atlanta United last month.

It became obvious that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is a keen admirer of the South American midfielder, with the north east fans now keen to see their club-record signing.

The 24-year-old arrives at St James Park with an impressive reputation. Almiron was viewed as one of the most-talented players in the American League and went on to score 13 goals from 37 games in the MLS last season.

Newcastle are in the relegation dog-fight this season and Almiron will no doubt be expected to improve the side.

The club has particularly struggled in front of goal. Out of all the strikers in the first-team, Salomon Rondon has been the only one who has played well. The 29-year-old has so far scored six goals from 19 games in the top-flight this term.

Almiron will be expected to add more creativity to the club in midfield. The Newcastle new man is expected to create more goalscoring opportunities for the likes of Rondon, while also scoring some himself.

The Paraguay international travelled to France on Sunday to sort out issues pertaining to his work permit, according to The Mirror. 

The report added that the player is expected to join his Newcastle team-mates for training on Wednesday and could be in line to make his debut for the club against Wolves next Monday.

“I said before he has been training really well. He has been very professional,” Newcastle boss Benitez said.

“He’s a really nice lad. When he was playing he had some good games. The goal against Man City was a really good goal.

“There were some games where he was not performing so well. Then you have you have players in his position who were doing well or different.

“I can see his potential. It’s very clear. It’s obvious.

“He has to play every single game. I think he will have this chance. He has the potential.

“If he’s playing, he he will be a better player at the end of the season. He just has to reach this potential.”


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