It’s over, it’s finally over. Newcastle have smashed their club-record transfer fee, rejoice!
Miguel Almiron was the man signed from Atlanta United to end Michael Owen’s 13-and-a-half year legacy and as you would expect he’s absolutely gutted.
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The Paraguayan is largely unknown on these shores but has been a star performer in MLS in recent seasons and could offer something different in your Dream Team.
The £21million fee paid for Almiron has eclipsed the £16million that was forked out on Owen in 2005 meaning the 24-year-old has some (relatively) big shoes to fill.
Predominately an attacking midfielder while also being capable out wide, Almiron has proven himself to be a goal threat as well as a creative spark in recent seasons.
The Paraguayan scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists for Atlanta as they ended last season as MLS Cup champions after beating Portland Timbers in the final.
It’s hoped Almiron will hit the ground running to ensure that Rafa Benitez’s side don’t get embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
He could also have an instant impact in your Dream Team.
Almiron is listed as a midfielder on Dream Team and with a price tag of £2.5m should give you a serious option to consider.
Of the other comparable winter additions Arsenal’s Denis Suarez has an identical price tag but the Spaniard won’t be a guaranteed starter unlike Newcastle’s new man.
Newcastle have a favourable set of fixtures in February which should allow the 24-year-old an opportunity to find his feet in the Premier League.
Rafa’s side face Wolves, Huddersfield and Burnley before the end of the month and don’t meet a ‘top six’ side until they travel to Arsenal at the start of April.
If he adapts to the physical demands of the Premier then Newcastle might have their best South American since Santiago Munez.
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