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Exclusive: Steve Howey fears Newcastle signing may not be cut out for Premier League

Exclusive: Steve Howey fears Newcastle signing may not be cut out for Premier League -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United’s deadline day arrival Santiago Munoz could struggle to get to grips with the rigours of the Premier League, warns Steve Howey.

The Magpies completed their transfer business by securing the services of Munoz on an 18-month loan deal, which has the option to buy, from Mexican top flight side Santos Laguna.

Munoz has gone straight into Newcastle’s academy, rather than the first-team, having scored just three goals in the Mexican top tier.

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The 19-year-old striker shares a similar name to the fictional hero Santiago Munez in the 2005 movie Goal! which involves a Mexican striker joining Newcastle and firing them into the Champions League.

Munoz, who has won three caps for the Mexico under-23s, was one of just two summer signings for the Tyneside club, following the £20million arrival of former loanee Joe Willock.

Should Munoz step up from the youth set-up to Steve Bruce’s first-team, Howey believes the teenager may take time to adjust to the speed of the Premier League.

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He exclusively told The Transfer Tavern: “If he had been tearing it up in Mexico, it would ease your mind a little bit. But his goalscoring record isn’t brilliant and we don’t know what he’s like off the pitch and his temperament on the pitch. All of these things would have been looked into.

“If he’s been struggling playing against teams from the back-end of Mexico, how well is he going to do against the big boys and good defenders? I would imagine he will find it very difficult.”


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