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Miguel Almiron

Newcastle United should sign Miguel Almiron to save their season

According to a report by Chronicle Live, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is keen to add Atlanta United attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron in the current transfer window. The 25-year-old Paraguayan international has fetched a lot of interest from Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham as well.

The financial crisis at Newcastle is well known and there have been rumours about a possible takeover as well. Regardless, Benitez has been a frustrated figure throughout this season. Newcastle are far from being completely safe and given the lack of quality in the squad, Rafa needs an attacking midfielder and a striker at least for the rest of the season.

Paraguayan international Almiron scored 12 goals and provided 14 assists last season and helped Atlanta United win the MLS for the first time. Almiron is highly rated at the club and has proven his worth in the bygone season.

Almiron is the type of attacking midfielder who would run 60 yards to track back if required and his abilities from set-pieces are extraordinary. He can prove to be a masterstroke signing for Newcastle, given his ability to score goals from the midfield. As a result, he could ease some pressure off Salmon Rondon.

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Miguel Almiron

All of the groundwork has been laid for this deal; Newcastle United’s scouting department has watched him quite a few times, while Atlanta United, the player and his representatives have all made their desired terms abundantly clear (h/t Chronicle Live).

Now, it remains to be seen whether or not Mike Ashley would allow such deal to take place given the uncertainty of his future at the club. 

One thing is for sure – if Newcastle United want to avoid their third relegation in 8 years, they should reinforce their thin squad. They lack quality up front and with the important part of the season ahead, it would be a tough ask to maintain their Premier League status.

A player of Almiron’s ability could prove to be a saviour for Newcastle and their chances of preserving their top-flight status. 

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