South-American football reporter Tim Vickery has told Sky Sports that Miguel Almiron is a ‘risk worth taking’ – however he has admitted that he may have to ‘sharpen up his decision making in the final third’.
It’s worth noting that Vickery praised his ‘devastating pace’ and ‘lovely left foot’, however it is interesting to see him pick out some areas for improvement – especially when the Premier League will be a BIG step up from the MLS for our new club record signing.
Here’s what he said to Sky when asked if the deal would be a risk given his lack of experience in any of Europe’s big leagues:
“There is a risk, but I think he’s got a lot to bring to the Premier League and could be a good fit for Newcastle.”
“He is going to have to sharpen up his decision making in the final third, especially as he’s moving to a football which is much more intense than in the MLS and in South America.”
“He’s coming up to 25, usually European clubs see this as an advanced age to bring a South American player into European football so he’ll have to adapt.”
This will be a challenge given the pace and intensity of the MLS will be much different to the Premier League, however Vickery seems to believe Almiron is up for the test and a player who could be ideal in our counter attacking side.
Here’s what he said about Almiron’s strengths as a player:
“He’s going to run with the ball at devastating pace with a lovely left foot, these are his two great virtues: wonderful pace and a left foot to open up defences,”
“He’s an ideal type of player for a team that want to defend deep, cover up and launch a counter attack.”
Sounds good to me!
Here’s him in action: