Mark Lawrenson admits he’s been left very impressed after watching footage of Miguel Almiron in action – but he’s intrigued to see how he’ll get on with the Premier League “very different” to the MLS.
I’m in a similar boat to Lawro here. Everything I’ve seen and read about him since news of his arrival has been hugely positive, however it is worth remembering that he is yet to play in any of Europe’s top leagues.
He’s starred in the Argentina and America – leading two underdog sides to cup glory – but he’s an unknown quantity to some extent.
Here’s what the former Match of the Day pundit has had to say ahead of Monday night’s trip to Wolves – a game he sees us losing 2-1:
“Newcastle’s new signing Miguel Almiron should make his debut and I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on.
“I have seen lots of footage of him and he looks like a player but it will be an interesting night for him because the Premier League is very different to the MLS, and Wolves are a team in form.”
Almiron bagged 13 goals and 13 assists during his last season with Atlanta, but one thing that does fill me with confidence is the praise he’s received for his work rate off the ball and his level headedness off the pitch.
In all honesty, I can’t see him starting on Monday. A late cameo role from the bench seems far more likely to me, but we should see a lot more of him during next weekend’s friendly with CSKA Moscow – with him home debut all set to come against Huddersfield two weeks tomorrow.