Mike Ashley finally invested some decent money last month when he brought in Miguel Almiron whose fee should rise to £20.5M assuming he will be a success at Newcastle.
And Rafa has reminded everybody that in the previous five transfer windows since he arrived on March 11, 2016, Newcastle made profits in each of those windows, or didn’t spend any money at all.
Rafa brings that up becasue obviously he has been unhappy at the lack of funds at the club and he could still walk away in June if he doesn’t get some cast iron assurances from Ashley – all written down in his contract.
Miguel Almiron and Rafa Benitez in training
Rafa was asked if he felt any pressure about Almiron being so expensive and the boss had this to say in the Chronicle:
“After five windows when we are in profit, I do not have any pressure.”
“When you talk with him (Almiron), he is ready, mentally he is ready and he says he wants to play and is available.”
“You can see him in training, he is very dynamic, he is always involved, so that is fine.”
“But it is the Premier League and the physicality and all those things, you have to cope with that.”
“We will see how he feels and the other players are doing.”
“The good thing with the two signings and everyone is fit now, everybody is pushing and wants to play.”
“For us, the main thing , we are bringing in a player who was in the MLS so we know he needs to adapt.”
“But he has the pace, the runs and the ability. We will see if he is strong enough to do the same thing as he was doing in the MLS on the ball and without the ball.”
“I would say he is different to the players we have. “
“And that is what we were looking for, running in between the lines and behind the defenders and score goals and make passes.
“He is very dynamic and quick but I think he can cope with that (physicality) in games.”
That’s the big unknown with Miguel – can he put up with the physicality of the Premier League.
He reminds us a little bit of Remy Cabella, and he could not take the physical play in England.
But Rafa has seen Almiron in training now, and he must be looking good – we hope we see him tonight at Molineux.
And we need a win badly – before almost a two-week break to our next game at home Huddersfield and a trip before that to Spain for warm-weather training.