As we know, the pair were our two deadline day signings, with Almiron arriving from Atlanta for a club record fee and Barreca signing on loan from Monaco with an option to buy.
Firstly, here’s what he had to say about Almiron when speaking live on last night following news of his £21m move from the MLS:
He then said this about Italian defender Barreca – praising his offensive play and crossing ability, suggesting Rafa could play him as a left-wing back:
He admits that Barreca’s weakness is his defensive play, however Rafa can work on that as well as anyone – and we can’t forget that it is an offensive left-back who’s able to play at wing-back that he was clearly trying to bring in.
As far as Almiron goes, he really does sound perfect for us. A player who can break with pace on the counter, score, assist and work hard for the team is EXACTLY what we’ve been missing in and around Salomon Rondon.
High praise from Carvalhal here and a great insight into two players he clearly feel will work very well in Rafa Benitez’s system.