Newcastle United finally break unwanted record signing Miguel Almiron for a transfer fee of £20 million signalling the start of what could be a new beginning. But most likely not.
The 14 (and a bit) year wait is finally over. Not since 2005 have the Newcastle faithful seen their club dip into their silver collection to fund a transfer anywhere close to what recent arrival Miguel Almiron has cost.
With owner Mike Ashley opting to continue his business strategy into football – signing budget items and hoping for the best, it’s been a tough time for the Newcastle faithful who have had to endure their team bouncing between the two top English tiers without a clear project in sight.
During his unveiling, Almiron, 24, claimed (via the Daily Mail): ‘I am the sort of player who tries to get the team playing around me, that’s how I’d describe myself.‘ Adding: ‘I try not to think about the pressure of the price tag or pay attention to it.‘
The Paraguayan international will undoubtedly be making his full debut for the club shortly to help secure their Premier League survival, and hopefully Rafael Benitez’s future on Tyneside.
He said, ‘When I heard of the interest from Rafa Benitez it was a no-brainer. We all know what a great manager he is, a great person, and there was no hesitation about wanting to play for him and the club.’
However, on the topic of the Spaniard’s possible departure from the club, he conceded: ‘It’s not a topic we’ve discussed. The only things I’ve spoken to him about is me feeling comfortable and settling in quickly so I can bring something to the side.‘
Does this go to prove how influential Benitez is at Newcastle?
It’s certainly evidence that he’s one of the fundamental incentives behind big money transfers. Moves which have become intrinsically linked with Premier League success.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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