Miguel Almiron signing would keep Newcastle up or better

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are interested in bringing Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron to the club, with the player’s agent in attendance for the 2-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend.

What’s the word?

Well, the Chronicle reports that the Paraguayan’s agent, Daniel Campos, is currently in the UK to hold talks with “two or three” clubs who are interested in his services.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been in the hunt for the past couple of weeks, but now the North London clubs may have to fight off a third source of interest in Newcastle, who are keen to add some pace and invention to their squad.

A number 10 was high on Rafa Benitez’s wish-list in the summer but the Spaniard was not handed sufficient funds, so will now look to January to bring in new faces in a bid for Premier League survival.

Here’s a look at why this signing would secure that, if not better.

Turning defence into attack

The 24-year-old is renowned for his pace and dribbling ability in the States, where he has formed a lethal partnership with Josef Martinez at Atlanta.

The 5ft 10in midfielder notched 13 times and set up a further 11 in 34 appearances in the MLS as his side finished second in the standings, scooping a massive ten man of the match awards on the way.

Capable of playing in attacking or¬†central midfield, as well as on either wing, the number 10 is a threat on the counter with his close control and immense speed – qualities currently lacking in the Magpies’ squad, save for Kenedy.

With Salomon Rondon netting twice against the Cherries on Saturday, it is clear that the Venezuelan is Benitez’s best choice up front and his strength and hold-up play would combine effectively with the directness of Almiron.

Taking 4 shots per game and completing 2.2 key passes per game, the former Lanus man is not afraid to let fly and is adept at teeing up his teammates for a chance (WhoScored).

Some may see it as a gamble as there is no guarantee that he would be able to replicate his sensational form across the pond, but the ¬£9m left-footer has all the attributes to succeed at St James’ Park and is a definite upgrade on the stuttering Ayoze Perez.

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