Benitez reveals what he’s noticed about Miguel Almiron when watching him in training

Rafa Benitez has suggested Miguel Almiron may be tougher than some think when it comes to his transition into English football – with him recalling how the Paraguayan got straight up and was keen to ‘carry on’ after being clattered in training.

The 25-year-old is yet to play in any of Europe’s top leagues and is diminutive player with a small frame, however it seems Rafa isn’t too concerned about his perceived lack of physicality.

The Chronicle report that he was on the receiving end of a few heaving challenges in training, but he made no complaints, brushed off his knocks and was keen to get up and carry on.

Here’s what Rafa’s had to say about it:

“There were a couple of tackles in the training session today and he was OK. He was not on the floor complaining, he just wanted to carry on. He knew what to do,” Benitez said.

“He’s a different kind of player. Every player needs some time but he has different characteristics and he gives us something different so that is good.”

Interestingly, the Chronicle also report that Rafa has noticed “increased intensity in the players” during training this week – something that no doubt comes from the new improved competition for places.

With Almiron and Barreca arriving and Dummet, Diame and Ki all back, several player’s place in the team is now under threat – with the likes of Atsu, Perez, Kenedy, Ritchie, Hayden and Longstaff all having to be at their best to keep their place in the side.

Our level of quality and depth is poor in places, but you just need to look at our centre-backs. Federico Fernandez has been so consistent this season, being one of our first names on the team sheet just a few months ago, yet the likes of him, Dummett and Clark could well miss out at Wolves.

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