New signing 24-year-old playmaker Miguel Almiron, Newcastle’s record signing has held a press conference today at the Benton Training grounds as was introduced to the media.
And the smiles from Almiron were there for everybody to see and the Paraguayan says he’s delighted to be at Newcastle United.
He’s been waiting some time for Newcastle to make their move, but finally, on the very last day of the January transfer window, Newcastle signed him for a record £20.5M.
Miguel Almiron – at his press conference today
We don’t want to get carried away, but hopefully, this is a crucial signing for Newcastle and could help to keep Rafa at the club.
This is some of what Miguel has said today:
“It’s great to be here. I’ve been trying to settle in as quickly as possible and getting the formalities over with my visa.”
“I’ve only been able to train by myself and with a couple of teammates, but now it’s about integrating with my new teammates and the squad as quickly as possible.”
“I feel good physically and I am in good shape because of our pre-season in Atlanta has already started and I have been able to get some work done in pre-season.”
“I see this as an honor to be Newcastle’s record signing but I try not to pay too much attention to.”
“It’s secondary to why I am here – I am here to bring something to the squad. My main aim is to settle in and get to know my teammates.
“For some time now the MLS has been improving in how competitive it is. Each year you see more quality players coming into the league and it is a good sign.”
“Similar in England you get a lot of good young players coming to play in the Premier League and it can only be good for both leagues.”
“I am a player who tries to get my team playing around me and to help those teammates each game too.”
“It’s been a hectic week and now I feel settled and happy to be able to train on a daily basis.”
“I have put some decent work in training with my teammates and I feel good in myself.”
“I am settling in with my teammates with tactics and it is up to the manager to see if I can play on Monday at Wolves, but I am ready.”
It will depend on how quickly Miguel integrates into the squad as to whether he will start on Monday night at Wolves.
We should be able to tell after that game just what an impact he can have at the club.
If we win 6-0, he could make a big difference!