The question of why are we buying Alvaro from Levante is a good one, that Newcastle fans will probably be asking today.
Alvaro – why are we after him?
Kevin Keegan has said we will only bring in players who can play immediately in the Premier League, and that has commonly been translated to mean only players who have played in the league. The other criterion was that they would be better players than we already have at the club.
To us Alvaro, a center-back just under 6â€™0â€ tall (same height as Cacapa), and 28 years old is untested in the Premier League. And is he better than our 4 current center-backs Taylor, Faye, Cacapa and Rozehnal, two of which are still getting to grips with the league after 6 months at the club.
We donâ€™t know the answer to those questions, but we would be pleasantly surprised if he is. Since Alvaro is said to be undergoing a medical at the club today, itâ€™s not beyond the realm of possibility that he could be introduced as a Newcastle United player either today or tomorrow.
In case he is â€“ hereâ€™s his playing record.
Season Club Games Goals 1997-2000 San Paolo 14 0 1998-1998 Bandiera del Brasile 16 0 2000-2003 Las Palmas 70 5 2003-2006 Real Zaragoza 102 6 2006- Levante 23 2
We think the recommendation to sign Alavro may be coming from Jeff Vetere, who joined Newcastle from Real Madrid this week, in the position of Technical Coordinator. He may have been tracking Alavaro in the Spanish League, or may have known he was a good player, suitable for Newcastle United.
But Alvaro’s signing is a bit of a mystery to us, to be quite honest. Don’t get us wrong, we hope he’s great, but he seems like another Sam Allardyce summer signing – all over again.
What do you think?