Benitez drops big Almiron hint – just moments before good news is reported on a work permit..

Rafa Benitez has hinted that Miguel Almiron may be ready to start next Monday’s trip to Wolves – with him already having a few weeks of pre-season training under his belt at Atlanta and his visa now all but sorted.

It’s since emerged on Tuesday afternoon that his work permit is all set to be been granted after his trip to Paris – meaning he’ll return to Tyneside even earlier than expected and can now train with the rest of the group for the remainder of the week.

Here’s what Rafa said when asked if he’d play at Wolves (keep in mind this was him BEFORE news of his work permit being sorted):

“I hope so!

“I think he will be fine with the visa and the work permit, and hopefully then he will train with the team.



“We will see how fit he is, although he was starting the pre-season in America.

“Hopefully, he will be fine.”

So, with these comments in mind and the fact he has now been granted a work permit, it seems we may see him against Wolves next week.

We’ve done well of late, with us quite rightfully unchanged against Spurs after the win at City, but bringing Almiron in for Atsu could make a lot of sense.

The Ghanaian’s final ball let us down on a few occasions on the counter last time out, with him yet to bag a goal or assist in 22 games this season, so there’d be little to lose in starting Almiron IF he was fit enough to start.

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5 thoughts on “Benitez drops big Almiron hint – just moments before good news is reported on a work permit..

  1. He wont replace Atsu he’s been brought in as a number 10. Perez is not a No.10 he has just had to play there.

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  2. He be in the squad, he won’t start tho, nammed sub, Rafa will stick with plan A as he should, and introduce him when it’s the right time, no point going gun ho against Wolves they play on the counter too and are currently more affective than us at it, although our defence i would is a lot stronger than Wolves, be a good game with hopefully Almiron coming off the bench to get or supply a winner for us…

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  3. almiron as an investment [supported as a rafa’s choice] may take the eye of mikey for a while & encourage a little more of the same…he seems scared stiff [& rightly so !] of risk !

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  4. Miller:
    He wont replace Atsu he’s been brought in as a number 10. Perez is not a No.10 he has just had to play there.

    Atsu and Perez both play just behind Rondon in a front 3, Almiron will slot in perfectly on the left of the 3 where Atsu currently is. Fwiw I don’t think Rafa will start him, he’s meticulous in his planning and Almiron won’t be drilled to his standard yet. I do expect him to get a cameo though late on in the 2nd. Almiron is clearly a gifted and exciting player, here’s hoping he can show that in the PL, could be our most exciting player since HBA, I just hope our fans give him a little patience.

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