Miguel Almiron has been presented to the media for the first time at St James’ Park today.
In the last few moments he’s spoken out about his move to the club, his fitness and Rafa Benitez, with him seeming absolutely delighted to have made the move from Atlanta to England.
Here’s what he’s had to say about becoming our new club record signing – also hinting that he’s ready to play at Wolves next Monday:
‘I’m really grateful for the way I’ve been welcomed here and the kindness and positive feelings towards me.’
“The pleasure is mine to be here. Thank you for the welcome. What I’ve been trying to do is settle in as quickly as possible. I feel physically in good shape. I am ready as I have been in pre-season with Atlanta”
‘I see it (the record fee) as an honour. Fitness wise I’m good. It’s down to the manager but I feel ready and fit to take part on Monday,’
“It’s been a hectic week with lots of things to sort out, but now I feel more settled. I’ve managed to put in some decent work already… I feel good in myself.”
Almiron on Rafa Benitez:
“When I heard of the interest from Rafa Benitez, there was no hesitation!”
“We all know what a great manager he is, what a great person he is as well – it was a case of without any hesitation, wanting to come and play for the coach and the team.”
Almiron on the welcome from Newcastle fans and the prospect of playing at St James’ Park:
“I’m really grateful for the way I’ve been welcomed by the supporters here.
“I really can’t wait for the moment when I can turn out for the side here at home.”
“I think it’ll be absolutely great to play here, the feeling will be magnificent.
“I’ve felt the support, kindness and good feelings already. I really can’t wait to play for NUFC!”
Almiron on what he can bring to the team:
“I think I’m the sort of player who tries to get my teammates playing, get those players around me playing, and tries to help them as well.”
“I aim to bring something to the group of players we’ve already got… My main aim at the moment is settling in and getting to know my teammates.”
Almiron on the MLS and the difference between football in America and football in the Premier League:
“I think for some time now the MLS has been improving. Every year you see more and more quality players come in. I think it’s a good sign and a positive thing for that league.”
“There are big differences between the two leagues… and it’s a tougher league to play in. But I think with the help of my teammates in training and the manager, it’s something I think I’ll cope with, and they’ll help me along the way.”
“It’s always been a dream of mine to come across in play in the Premier League. I feel I’m representing my country here, I’m proud of that, and I hope to give a good account of myself & of Paraguay.”
I believe he’ll have to settle for a substitute appearance on Monday, but the home game with Huddersfield two weeks on Saturday looks very likely to be his full debut to me – and what an occasion that could be in front of 52,000 fans at St James’ Park.
Welcome to the club, Miguel!