South-American journalist Tim Vickery has told talkSPORT that he believes MLS star Miguel Almiron is ‘surely on his way to Newcastle’ – with him revealing how his current club (Atlanta Utd) have already signed his replacement.
Vickery is a reliable source, predominantly working for the BBC and specialises in South American football – where he fist came across Almiron before he moved to the MLS from Argentina.
Here’s what the American reporter has had to say about Almiron, explaining why he’s tipping the Paraguayan to be a big success in England IF he made the move to Tyneside:
“Miguel Almiron has just been a star turn for Atlanta and is now surely on his way to Newcastle.
“Atlanta have already brought in a replacement with Almiron coming over to Newcastle and there’s a real player there.
“If I look into the future of Newcastle United, what I love about Almiron is the pace and the left foot and over the last few years he’s added more goals to his game.
“His decision making in the last third perhaps could be improved a little bit. But he’s scoring more goals, great pace and the left foot is a terrific combination.
“He’s the right age as well. He’s coming up 25 so he’s not going to leave it any longer (for his big move).
“It was quite a surprise move from being the best player in Argentine football to MLS but so far it seems to have worked out and I hope it comes off for the sake of the Premier League and Almiron who I think is a smashing young player.”
He’s clearly right at the top of Rafa’s January wish-list, but the big question will be whether we can make an offer Atlanta will accept – especially after their president recently suggested it would take over £20m to sign him.
Vickery has tracked the likes of Neymar, Arthur, and Richarlison before their big moves to Europe, so him backing his credentials is exciting for Newcastle fans – even if it does not guarantee success of course. Saying that, the risk of Ashley not paying the fee to get the deal done is higher than that of Almiron’s ability to deliver on the field.
Here’s hoping we get some positive news over the coming days and it isn’t another case of what might of been for Newcastle, to join the likes of Modric, Lacazette and Aubameyang et al.