Replacing Perez with Almiron will fire Newcastle up the table

Newcastle are desperate for a creative spark in the final third, and reports claim they are seriously interested in a January move for MLS sensation Miguel Almiron.

What’s the story?

According to Chronicle Live, the Magpies are still interested in the Paraguayan international, who has been also been heavily linked with Arsenal.

The report claims Almiron’s agent was actually at the Bournemouth game on Saturday, and if the atmosphere at St James’ Park can’t tempt him into a move the nothing will.

Almiron has been nothing short of sensational for Atlanta United this season, scoring 13 times and also adding 11 assists.

Ayoze Perez got himself on the scoresheet in the recent win over Watford, but the Almiron is everything the Spanird is supposed to be and so much more.

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Perez 2.0?

Almiron moved to the MLS in 2016 after five successful seasons in South America, where he won the league in both Paraguay and Argentina.

He has been in the form of his life this season, and his rare mixture of flair, creativity and work rate would make him the perfect Rafael Benitez signing.

Albeit in a weaker league, the 25-year-old is averaging four shots, 2.2 key passes and 2.3 successful dribbles per game, while also chipping in on the defensive end with 1.9 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game.

He is excellent driving forward the ball at his feet, but what separates him from other players of his ilk is his ability to pick the right final pass when he gets to the final third, something Perez rarely does.

His immense work rate will immediately endear him to the fans on Tyneside, and he has a knack of scoring absolute wondergoals as well. In short, the young attacker has all the makings of a cult hero.

So, Newcastle fans, would you back a move for Almiron? Is he better than Perez? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

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