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Miguel Almiron Extremely Happy To Have Joined Rafa Benitez On Tyneside

The more Newcastle keep winning during our final 10 games this season, the easier it should be for Rafa to agree to stay past June, even though Mike Ashley is still the owner.

Rafa will need some promised from Ashley about the money available to spend this summer, and it will need to be sizable.

But the form of the team of late is (very) good – 13 points from the last four games and we have finally looked a threat up front with live-wire Miguel Almiron in the side.

Rafa has switched the formation to 3-4-3 and Almiron seems to be bringing the best out of Ayoze Perez up front too.

Miguel Almiron acknowledging fans in standing ovation after his home debut against Huddersfield

The new signing has been speaking to BT Sport about manager Rafa Benitez and why he wanted to come to Newcastle from Atlanta United:

“I spoke to Rafa and he gave me the impression he trusts his new players. That gives you confidence, and that was the same experience I had in Atlanta with Tata (Gerardo Martino).”

“I felt extremely happy, what player wouldn’t be ecstatic that a manager like Rafa Benitez was interested in you.”

“It was an amazing thing for me as a player, for my career, and I will do my best to make the most out of this opportunity.”

“Knowing that a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you to be in his team is quite something plus Newcastle has a great history – these were the factors that brought me here.”

Rafa has both Almiron and local lad Sean Longstaff as potential top players at the club, and he will find it difficult to walk away from the improving squad he has built under challenging circumstances on Tyneside over almost three years.

Then there are the adoring fans.

Yes – we think it will be very difficult for Rafa to leave Newcastle this summer – but it always remains a possibility we suppose.

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7 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #1

    81,000 atvthe Spurs v Arsenal derby at the borrowed Wembley stadium that the Fulham owner wanted to buy possibly to use while selling off Craven Cottage to some property developer.

    Imagine if NUFC extended the Gallowgate stand and had a crowd capacity of say 60,000 fans from one club rather than 35,000 from two London clubs and 11,000 tourists “taking in a game and buying some pop corn”

    Is Ashley really so lacking in vision ?

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #2


    A couple of threads back, you speculated we only signed Almiron because there was a niggling doubt in Ash that we could be relegated.

    Might I suggest that Ashley also wanted to show his critics that he is willing to spend and support Rafa and that he’ll sanction spend for players who fit his model.

    But will he sanction spend on players Rafa wants but don’t fit with Ashley’s under 26 model – in other words give Rafa more control than he has now?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #3


    Great point.. We can fill 60k fans no doubt. Frustrated Ashley can’t see it.

  • Pavel is a geordie

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow, 13 points from the last 4 games has got to be some kind of record, Ed! ?

  • swemag

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    If we just continue doing 13 points every 4 games no one will be able to catch up.
    Crazy club this is.

  • swemag

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    The thing with a bigger stadium is nice for the games and would pay for itself longterm.
    As for revenue, it seems it would not make a big difference as most of the money comes from other sources.

    Different topic – given how Longstaff has performed I would absolutely love seeing more products of the academy given a chance. I know it sounds easy and it isn’t, but they need to be given a chance. For every 5 Adam Armstrong’s we will have one Longstaff.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 2, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Less than three hours until ko. Getting excited already. With Almiron playing we always have the chance to catch them on the break and just watching him leave defences standing is enough to get the juices flowing.
    He’s exactly the sort of player you love to have in your team. Once he’s away it’s virtually impossible to overtake him and get the tackle in without risking a card. Can’t wait to get started. HTL!!!


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