The performance of Miguel Almiron on his home debut yesterday and the valuable 2-0 win against Huddersfield has galvanized the Newcastle fans.
Almiron has something we have never had with Rafa at the club – a legitimate playmaker who has speed and skills galore.
He can open up opposing defenses and score goals himself, and he was so close to scoring a number of times yesterday.
The Paraguayan hit the post after 13 minutes when he brilliantly chipped the ball over the goalkeeper.
Salomon Rondon scored his 8th goal of the season and Perez scored his 5th – both Newcastle goals coming early in the second half and killing off the game.
Miguel Almiron in action yesterday
Here’s some of what Rafa said at his press conference after the game:
“Really pleased with the performance and three points.”
“We needed to win and after the games yesterday it was important to do the job. First half we were pushing and second half we were on the front foot.”
“Everything we had to do, we were doing.”
“Yesterday when you asked me I knew he (Almiron) was playing! I just made sure you didn’t have the line in the newspapers.”
“The crowd could see he was a player with energy and dynamic. If he continues to play at this level they will enjoy his football.”
“We know what he can do.”
“He did well. He is a different kind of option. He has been really positive and it was a pity for him that he didn’t score.”
“He’s very dynamic and he has good movement behind the defenders and between the lines.”
“It’s now important to settle down in the Premier League and understand the mentality of the PL.”
“If he can stay at the same level and score a goal, it will be better.”
We have another tough game on Tuesday night when we play Burnley at home.
If we can win that game too, we’ll be flying high – but Burnley are a team in form having beaten Tottenham 2-1 at home yesterday.