Miguel Almiron has been interviewed in the Telegraph today, and he has vowed that he will get better with more games in the Premier League.
Miguel is still settling in at the club, and he had heard all about Newcastle and their fans before he signed on for us in late January.
And then when he heard Rafa Benitez was keen on signing him it was a no-brainer.
He says he’s been so impressed with the passion he feels on Tyneside from the fans.
But he is clear that there is much more to come from him in a Newcastle shirt, once he gets more acquainted with playing in the Premier League; he says he is learning all the time.
Newcastle paid a record fee for him which is likely to reach a total of £21M with all the add-ons.
We have seen some of Miguel’s skill and speed to burn in his six appearances so far for the Magpies; he has already formed an excellent partnership with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon up front.
Salomon Rondon with Miguel Almiron
And one thing we were worried about – the physically of the Premier League for the slightly built forward – has not been a problem at all.
He has massive stamina and can run all game long and seems to be able to easily handle the physicality – which is part and parcel of the English game.
This is what Almiron has said in the Telegraph:
“In America, football is not one of the main sports, so at Atlanta I could live a normal life,”
“In Newcastle, I am constantly recognized. My job is the same, but it is very different off the pitch.”
“Everywhere I go people ask for photographs and autographs – but it is not a problem.”
“This is why I wanted to make this move; I wanted to play in a high-pressure environment.”
“It has always been my dream to play in Europe, and there was no hesitation when I found out Newcastle were interested.”
“It’s fantastic to be at a club where you can feel the passion of the fans, as well as hear it.”
“It confirmed everything I had been told about this club.”
“When I came to England, everyone talked about the physical side of the game and maybe people thought I would struggle.”
“When I first broke into the first team at Cerro Porteno in Paraguay, people said all the same things.”
“I just did my thing, I got on with proving people wrong.”
“It was nothing new to have those questions at Newcastle.”
“Tthe fans have not seen the best of me, there is a lot more to come. Every game I’m learning from my mistakes, learning about the Premier League.”
“The intensity of the English game, it is even higher than I thought.”
“In every game, you don’t stop running, the pace does not stop, it is relentless, but I have enjoyed every minute.”
Almiron has been aware of the fantastic welcome he has received from the Newcastle fans since arriving in January.
Hopefully, Rafa will be able to bring in one or two talented players like Almiron in over the summer as he raises the quality of the squad slowly but surely.
As far as we can see Miggy already looks like he can become a star player at Newcastle – he seems to have everything it takes.
What do you think?