This is quite a compliment from his fellow South American, especially when coming from Solano – an ex-NUFC wide man who will know what it takes to become a star at St James’ Park.
Here’s what the Peruvian had to say about Almiron – believing it won’t take long for the Toon Army to ‘love’ the ‘skilful’ Paraguayan:
“The Newcastle fans will love him,”
“He’s very skilful, but it will take him some time to settle in.
“It’s up to Rafa Benitez where he will use Almiron, but, for me, he’s a similar kind of player to Angel Di Maria.
“For Paraguay, he plays as a winger. If Newcastle play a 4-3-3, then he will be a Willian or an Eden Hazard out wide. He’s very lively, he’ll take people on and the Newcastle fans always love the South American players who can do that.
“It takes time to adapt to the Premier League – you need to get the pace of it and the level – and that can be difficult. But I hope that he can make a difference.”
These comments were actually made prior to his debut at Wolves on Monday night, and if 20 minute cameo was anything to go by he won’t take as long as some expect to adapt to the pace of the Premier League.
Lasting for a full 90 minute game is a different matter, but he looked fearless in so many respects – bursting into space with the ball, making quick passes and busting a gut to get back and protect our 1-0 lead.
Let’s hope we can see more of the same in our home clash with Huddersfield a week on Saturday!