Newcastle United continue to fluctuate as a side. Rafa Benitez’s side went ten games without a win before winning three on the bounce, since then, they’ve gone on to go winless in their last three. Consistency is what the Magpies need, and someone with a bit of flair about them, and that is exactly what Miguel Almiron would bring if Benitez could secure a move for the Paraguayan.
In the MLS during the 2018 season, Almiron has been simply unstoppable, grabbing himself 12 goals and 13 assists from midfield in 32 appearances, and he’s the sort of man that the Geordies are desperate to see make the move to St James Park. In a lot of ways, signing the Paraguayan would be a similar move to when Ben Arfa was brought to the club back ahead of the 2011/12 season, a season where the Geordies achieved a 5th placed finish.
Whilst the chances of Almiron firing Newcastle into the top six are slim to none, it doesn’t mean that the young Paraguayan playmaker couldn’t have a similar influence the Frenchman. Ben Arfa is remembered fondly in the Northeast for his brilliance on the ball, ability to add goals from midfield and his trickery, that so often lit up St James Park. It’s fair to say that most Magpies would give anything to have a player like the Frenchman.
Whilst the step up in quality and tempo from the MLS to the Premier League would be massive, there’s a genuine belief that Almiron can hack it. Newcastle reportedly currently hold all of the cards in this transfer and it’s one that the Magpies simply cannot afford to miss out on, especially seeing as they’re starting to get sick of seeing Ayoze Perez fluff his lines week in week out.
Salomon Rondon has the ability to be the striker that the Geordies needs, but he needs the service. That’s where Almiron would certainly come in. The 24-year-old has the speed of thought and quality of delivery to turn the Venezuelan into a goalscoring machine, and there’s no doubting that the fans would be ecstatic if they had the South American pair running riot in the Premier League after January.