Newcastle United enjoyed their first summer transfer window with PIF at the helm this year and made use of it by bringing in four fresh faces.
Dan Ashworth backed Eddie Howe by snapping up the talents of Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Matt Targett, and Alexander Isak, whilst Loris Karius has also been added to the squad on a free transfer after the window slammed shut.
The Magpies also allowed a few players to depart, permanently or on loan, as the likes of Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Jeff Hendrick, and Ciaran Clark all found new clubs.
One player who could have been on his way out of St. James’ Park over the summer was attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron as he was linked with a move to another Premier League club.
In the end, Almiron stayed at Newcastle and now looks set to remain in Howe’s squad until the January transfer window at the earliest.
However, his lack of productivity in the final third since arriving in England suggests that the club could benefit from replacing him at the next opportunity.
He has produced 15 goals and five assists in 129 matches for the Toon and lost over 70% of his aerial duels in the English top-flight across five campaigns to date, whilst he has only scored two goals and failed to provide a single assist in 36 Premier League outings since the start of last season.
The winter market could allow the Magpies to finally cash in on Almiron, who journalist Tom Davidson once dubbed a “lightweight“, if the interest in his services is still there and Howe could sanction the move by unearthing a gem from the academy – Kyle Crossley.
Bringing through a young player to take the Paraguay international’s place in the squad would mean that selling him would not dent the squad depth, whilst it would also prevent Ashworth from needing to splash out millions on a replacement.
His form led to him being promoted to the U23s, despite only turning 18 in July, and he has made a fast start to life at that level with two goals in four Premier League 2 matches. He had scored for the U23s during their pre-season campaign in 2021 at the age of 16, which shows how quickly he has progressed in his short career so far.
Newcastle reporter Mark Carruthers claimed, back in January, that Crossley is a “real threat” at the top end of the pitch and his statistics back that up as he has shown promise in scoring and creating goals, unlike Almiron in the Premier League.
He appears to be a very promising young talent and that is why Howe should consider unleashing him in the first team in the coming months, to see if he is able to make the next step up.
If he is able to adapt to playing senior football then he could be the replacement that the Magpies need in order to be able to sanction the sale of Almiron in January, which is why unearthing the 18-year-old’s talent could be key for the club’s business in the next window.