Rafa Benitez has issued a statement welcoming the two players Newcastle signed yesterday – Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca.
The tone of Rafa’s message is positive and he thanks all the people involved in getting these two very good players over the line yesterday.
When Newcastle have to bring in players we can do it – but it must be earlier in each transfer window.
Rafa Benitez – looking to the future
Here’s Rafa’s excellent message:
“Yesterday, with only a few hours until the closure of the transfer window, we have reached agreements for two signings: Miguel Almiron, an attacking midfield from Atlanta United FC in the Major League Soccer in USA and Antonio Barreca, a left-back from AS Monaco.”
“In the case of Miguel Almiron, he was a star player at Atlanta United FC, current winners of the MLS cup with the club being founded just five years ago.”
“We have been following Miguel Almiron for a while and we think he will add pace to our attack playing behind the striker or even like a winger.”
“He is really focused and wants to do well. He wants to be successful and he wants to help the team, to score goals and give assists if possible.”
“It’s a pleasure to welcome him to Newcastle.”
“Our other addition who it’s also a pleasure to welcome is Antonio Barreca, an Italian player from AS Monaco who comes to reinforce the left wing.”
“The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while and he has quality, good delivery and is good going forward.”
“With these two reinforcements, both with an offensive mentality, we will try to improve overall and find the balance, like we did in the last game against Manchester City.”
“I want to thank all those involved for all the work and effort in improving the squad after this tough and ‘long’ transfer window.”
“So we are looking now to the future and prepare for the complicated game against Tottenham.”
We wonder if looking to the future means he will stay with us long-term – sounds like it.
It’s also a message to our two new players who will not expect him to be leaving in the summer.