The Chronicle have reported today about how well Rafa thinks Miguel Almiron has settled in at Newcastle.
The 25-year-old joined the Magpies from Atlanta United in January for a fee that will rise to £20.5M – a Newcastle club record – if he does well at the club.
After three excellent performances from the lad he was marked out of the game on Saturday at West Ham, and he will have learned a lot from that difficult experience.
Rafa will also have learned how the opposition will try to nullify his skills and speed during games.
Miguel Almiron – showed character last Saturday
But Rafa was pleased with his effort at the London Stadium and has talked about our new signing:
“Against West Ham he was working hard, and it was not easy for him because mentally we killed ourselves at the beginning with the two goals we conceded.”
“We needed to react, and hopefully you are expecting players to show character, which they did during the second half.”
“At least we saw this character (from Almiron and the team); we tried different things, we changed players, we changed shape, and everyone was trying.”
“But, against a good team like West Ham, as soon as you make a mistake and you give the ball away in counter-attacks, they are quite dangerous.”
“Still we had the chances. Miguel was trying like the rest of the players and showed he can do it.”
“They find each other (Almiron, Rondon, Perez) when we are in possession, but against West Ham, it was more about the mistakes we made at the beginning.”
“So they couldn’t do it as much as they wanted,” “They understand each other because they all speak Spanish out on the pitch, which helps.”
One thing that Almiron will have to do is to learn English quickly; that’s a requirement of all players coming to Newcastle.
We’ll see how the Newcastle team react against Everton on Saturday after the huge let-down at West Ham.
Hopefully, the lads will come roaring back with another win.
That would be excellent.